Nine people have been killed in a shooting near LA after a Lunar New Year event : NPR

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Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large New Year’s Eve celebration ended. -First Lunar in an East Los Angeles community late Saturday.

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Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park, California, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting that occurred after a large New Year’s Eve celebration ended. -First Lunar in an East Los Angeles community late Saturday.

Jae C. Hong/AP

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — Nine people were killed in a mass shooting late Saturday in a city east of Los Angeles after a Lunar New Year celebration that drew thousands, police said.

Sgt. Bob Boese of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said early Sunday that the shooting happened at a business on Garvey Ave in Monterey Park. The shooter is a man, Boese said.

Earlier in the day, thousands of people attended the annual festival.

Seung Won Choi, who owns the seafood barbecue restaurant Clam House across the street from where the shooting happened, told the Los Angles Times that three people entered his business and told him to lock the door.

People also told Choi that there was a shooter with a machine gun who had several rounds of ammunition on him so he could reload. Choi said he believed the shooting happened at a dance club.

The newspaper reported that the shooting happened after 10 pm

Saturday marked the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest Lunar New Year events in Southern California.

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