The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has released photos and a description of the man suspected in the shooting deaths of five men and five women last night in Monterey Park in an area that had hosted a Lunar New Year’s eve celebration.
Sheriff Robert Luna said authorities were searching for an Asian man between 30 to 50 years old, about 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds. He is thought to have been wearing a black leather jacked, a beanie and glasses.
Luna said in a tweet that authorities had identified him as a homicide suspect.
The shooting occurred at 10:20 p.m. Saturday on West Garvey Avenue following following a major festival for Asian communities. According to reports, a subsequent incident occurred about 20 minutes later when an armed man entered a dance hall in the nearby city of Alhambra. That man was disarmed by others inside the hall and fled before police arrived. Police now suspect the two incidents are related.
The City of Monterey Park canceled the second day of its Lunar New Year festival.
Local authorities are expected to hold a press conference shortly.