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Multiple casualties, including deaths, in California shooting: Reports

MONTEREY PARK — Police were at the scene of a shooting in southern California that has caused a number of casualties, including deaths, the United States (US) media reported Sunday (Jan 22), citing law enforcement. 

Screenshot from a viodeo shows police officers standing guard at the scene of a shooting at Monterey Park, California, US Jan 22, 2023.

Screenshot from a viodeo shows police officers standing guard at the scene of a shooting at Monterey Park, California, US Jan 22, 2023.

MONTEREY PARK — Police were at the scene of a shooting in southern California that has caused a number of casualties, including deaths, the United States (US) media reported Sunday (Jan 22), citing law enforcement. 

There were scant details, and no immediate confirmation from police in Monterey Park, about eight miles (13km) east of downtown Los Angeles.

The area is home to a large number of ethnic Asians.

The Los Angeles Times, citing a police source, said there were "multiple" victims.

One law enforcement source told the paper there were more than a dozen casualties.

City News Service, a reputable local news wire, citing authorities, said there were dead and injured in the incident. It gave no toll.

The agency said it happened about an hour after a Lunar New Year Festival had finished.

"It is an isolated incident," a female sheriff's deputy it named as M. McClendon told City News Service. 

The LA Times reported that Seung Won Choi, who owns a seafood barbecue restaurant near the scene said three people had run into his restaurant and told him to lock the door.

The three said there was a man with a semiautomatic gun who had multiple rounds of ammunition on him, and would reload every time he ran out, Mr Choi told the paper.

The Times reported that tens of thousands of people had gathered earlier in the day for the two-day Lunar New Year festival, which is one of the largest in southern California.

AFP journalists at the scene overnight said there was a large police presence, with areas taped off and helicopters overhead. AFP

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