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Outpouring of grief, prayers as Lunar New Year massacre latest U.S. mass shooting

Law enforcement agents gather in front of the ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, Calif., Jan 22, 2023, following a shooting and setting off a manhunt for the suspect in the nation’s fifth mass killing this month. The shooting left at least at least 10 people dead, 10 others injured late Jan. 21, in a neighborhood where thousands attended festivities on eve of Lunar New Year. (OSV News photo/Mike Blake, Reuters)

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (OSV News) — People in California and around the country are expressing grief and offering prayers on social media for the victims of the latest mass shooting to take place in the U.S.

Ten people were pronounced dead on the scene at a Monterey Park dance ballroom late Jan. 21 after a mass shooter fired into the crowd there as they celebrated on the eve of the Lunar New Year. At least 10 others were wounded and taken to local hospitals around the city, which is east of Los Angeles.

Their condition ranged from “critical to serious,” said Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. He told reporters in a news briefing early Jan. 22 that it was too early in the investigation to know the motive of the shooter, who was found dead with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after a stand-off with police in Torrance, California. The suspect was identified as 72-year-old Huu Can Tran.

According to data from the city’s website, the population of Monterey Park community is 65.6% Asian. Festivities throughout the day drew thousands of people to the city neighborhood where the dance studio is located.

Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez was already scheduled to celebrate Mass  at 10 a.m. local time to mark the Lunar New Year at St. Bridget Chinese Parish in L.A.’s Chinatown.

For the full OSV News story, see your local Catholic news source.

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