According to a law enforcement source quoted in the Los Angeles Times, police were responding to a shooting involving many casualties on Saturday night in Monterey Park, California.
The incident happened close to where a Chinese New Year event was taking place in Monterey Park at 10 p.m. (06:00 GMT), according to the newspaper.
16 injuries have been reported, at least two of them severely. This story is still developing.
At least 10 people were killed and 16 were injured in a mass shooting that happened late on Saturday in Monterey Park, California, according to initial accounts from first responders. Two of the injured were in severe condition.
Several hours after the tragedy, officials have yet to ascertain the precise number of fatalities and injuries. According to the first responders, all patients were sent to nearby hospitals.
The culprit has not yet been taken into custody, according to local media. Furthermore, it’s not immediately evident what caused the catastrophe.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the incident happened close to where a Chinese Lunar New Year event was taking place soon after 10 p.m. According to American independent news source RMG News, it occurred around 10:30 p.m.
The two-day Monetary Park Lunar New Year Festival, one of the biggest in the area, began on Saturday afternoon. People in the area had earlier in the day been taking part in the celebrations in the village, which is about seven miles from downtown Los Angeles.
According to a Los Angeles news site, one local claimed that she thought the shooting happened after the event had wrapped up for the day. Two witnesses, according to BNO News, heard gunfire but initially thought it was fireworks to celebrate the Lunar New Year.