10 Dead, 10 Injured In Monterey Park, California Mass Shooting At Club During Lunar New Year Celebration. Suspect Still On The Loose (Video)

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance studio following a Lunar New Year celebration, killing 10 people & setting off a manhunt for the suspect in the nation’s fifth mass killing this month.

Another 10 people were wounded & were taken to hospitals, where their conditions ranged from stable to critical. Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

The shooting occurred at Star Ballroom Dance Studio late Saturday in Monterey Park. A city that is composed mostly of Asian immigrants from China or first-generation Asian Americans.

Meyer gave no description of the male suspect or the weapon he used.

He said it was too early in the investigation to know if the gunman knew anyone at the ballroom or if it was a hate crime.

“We will look at every angle,” Meyer said.

The celebration in Monterey Park is one of California’s largest & had attracted tens of thousands throughout the day.

Two days of festivities, which have been attended by as many as 100,000 people in past years, were planned. But officials canceled Sunday’s events following the shooting.

The tragedy marked not just the fifth mass killing in the U.S. since the start of the year but also the deadliest since May 24, when 21 people were killed in a school in Uvalde, Texas.

The latest violence comes 2 months after 5 people were killed at a Colorado Springs nightclub.

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