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Gunman still on the loose after 10 killed in mass shooting in California dance studio

Summer Lin, Jeong Park, Rebecca Ellis, Richard Winton, Libor Jany , Rong-Gong Lin II, Julia Wick and Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times on

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — The gunman who opened fire at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park on Saturday night, killing 10 people and injuring 10 others, remained on the loose Sunday morning, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said a “very preliminary description” was that the suspect is an Asian man, but he did not provide further details.

“We are utilizing every resource to apprehend this suspect in what we believe to be one of the county’s most heinous cases,” Luna said.

The shooting occurred on Lunar New Year’s Eve about seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Luna said it was too early to tell whether the festival was in any way connected to the shooting.

A law enforcement source briefed on the matter said the gunman used a high-powered assault rifle at close range.

The mass shooting, one of California’s worst in recent memory, happened in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue at around 10:22 p.m., sheriff’s Capt. Andrew Meyer told reporters Sunday morning.

 

“When officers arrived on scene, they observed numerous individuals, patrons ... pouring out of the location, screaming. The officers made entry to the location and located additional victims,” Meyer said.

Firefighters pronounced 10 of the victims dead at the scene, Meyer said. At least 10 others were taken to numerous hospitals, and their conditions range from stable to critical.

Meyer said investigators don’t know whether the victims were targeted.

There was no description of the weapon used other than that it was a firearm, Meyer said.

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