Police are attending the scene of a shooting with multiple casualties in Monterey Park, California, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The number of those killed is thought to be nine, according to information from AP, but exact location and time of the alleged shooting have not yet been confirmed by Monterey Park Police Department.

Journalist Christina Pascucci wrote on Twitter that the police department had confirmed to her that a “mass shooting occurred.”

Newsweek has contacted Monterey Park PD for comment.

Police At Scene In Monterey Park
Police stand guard at the scene along Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, California, on January 22, 2023, where police are responding to reports of multiple people shot. The number of fatalities, exact location and motive for the reported shooting are not yet known.
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However, an Insider reporter posted on Twitter revealed that Monterey Park police said they could not yet confirm a death toll as it remained an “active scene.”

One Washington Post reporter then wrote that “an LA County law enforcement official just told me 9 people have been hit in a shooting on the 100 block of W Garvey St at about 10:20pm in Monterey Park, CA.”

It is still unclear how many people have died, and Newsweek is trying to confirm the number. Several have been transported to the hospital.

Footage posted to social media appeared to show one person being loaded onto an ambulance on a stretcher. Another video widely circulating on Twitter showed several law enforcement vehicles gathered at the scene.

The incident occurred just after 10.30pm local time on Saturday evening, according to news agency BNO News.

Monterey Park had celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year that evening, with the city east of Los Angeles marking the occasion across the weekend.

Events began at 10am local time on Saturday, and were scheduled to finish for the day at 9pm. A second day of celebrations on Sunday had been planned from 10am until 7pm at Garvey Avenue.

The city’s previous Lunar New Year events attracted more than 100,000 visitors each day, the city’s official page said. Monterey Park has a population of approximately 60,000, with the city’s Asian community making up more than 65 percent of the residents, according to 2020 statistics published by the city.

Police Patrol on Garvey Avenue, Monterey Park
Police patrol the scene along Garvey Avenue in Monterey Park, California, on January 21, 2023, where police are responding to reports of multiple people shot. The incident was reported to have occurred shortly after 10pm local time.
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Los Angeles city controller, Kenneth Mejia, posted a tribute to those in “neighboring city” who were attending events for the Lunar New Year.

“Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just occurred. Monterey Park is home to one of the largest Asian communities in Los Angeles County and many were out celebrating the Lunar New Year,” Mejia wrote.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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