MONTEREY PARK, Calif. – At least 10 people were killed and 10 others were wounded in a mass shooting at a Chinese-owned ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park on Jan. 21.
The shooting was first reported around 10:20 p.m. at Star Dance Studio near Lunar New year celebrations.
On Sunday, Jan. 22, even law enforcement appeared overwhelmed by the violence, "We don’t know if this a hate crime as defined by law, but who walks into a dance hall and guns down 20 people?” said Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna.
Wounded victims were taken to area hospitals with conditions ranging from stable to critical.
Monterey Park has a population of over 59,000 people with 65 percent identifying as Asian according to the U. S. Census Bureau.
Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park have been attended by as many as 100,000 people in past years, but officials canceled the second day of festivities scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 22.
The Asian Mental Health Collective has a U. S. therapist directory of professionals that specialize in serving Asian and Pacific Islander community members as well as a range of free mental health support groups.
The California branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness also has a resource page dedicated to the unique challenges the AAPI community faces.
This incident joins a list of mass shootings this month and is the deadliest since a May 24, 2022 mass shooting at an elementary school Uvalde, Texas that left 19 students and two teachers dead.
This year's mass killings follow 42 such attacks in 2022, the second highest number in a single year since an Associated Press/USA Today database began in 2006. That database defines a mass killing as an incident where four or more people are killed, not including the perpetrator.
The ongoing American mass shooting crisis can be difficult to manage emotionally, but resources are available.
The California Psychological Association has a 'Find a Psychologist' search tool available here.
If you need immediate help call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or visit their website here for an online chat.