Ten dead in shooting after Lunar New Year festival

Ten people have died following a shooting at a ball­room dance studio in the Californian city of Monterey Park, near Los Angeles, police said.

Police say another 10 people are injured and the suspect remains at large.

The shooting happened at about 22:20 local time on Saturday (06:20 GMT on Sunday).

Thousands of people had earlier gathered in the city for the Monte­rey Park Lunar New Year festival.

The Los Angeles County Sher­iff’s Department said they were seeking a male suspect who fled the scene, but did not provide any other details about him.

Captain Andrew Meyer said that emergency services arrived on the scene and found patrons “pouring out of the location screaming”.

Officers then confirmed 10 people had died.

At least 10 others have been injured and are in local hospitals, where their conditions vary from stable to critical.

It is one of the worst shootings in California’s modern history – the deadliest was in 1984, when a gunman killed 21 people at a Mc­Donald’s restaurant in San Ysidro, near San Diego.

Investigators said there was no clear motive and it was too early to say whether the incident was a hate crime.

Monterey Park has a population of about 60,000 people and is home to a large Asian community.

Videos on social media showed a large police presence in the the city, which is located about eight miles (13km) east of Los Angeles.

The shooting occurred on the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue, where several business premises are located, including the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

An eyewitness told the Los An­geles Times that three people ran into his restaurant and told him to lock the door as there was a man with a machine gun in the area.

“It appears to have happened at a dance studio nearby where a gunman came in with what an eyewitness described as a machine gun, some automatic gun that fired multiple rounds at mostly Asian-Americans,” Jeong Park, a reporter with the paper, told the BBC.

An eyewitness told him that someone fled in a car minutes later. -BBC

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