Lunar New Year massacre: A night of ballroom dancing ends in horror

Authorities say a gunman fatally shot himself as police moved in on his vehicle after Saturday night's deadly mass shooting in California.


National News

January 23, 2023 - 2:50 PM

Police at the scene of a shooting at Monterey Park, California, on Saturday night, Jan. 21, 2023. (Raul Roa/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — The burst of pops sounded, at first, like the firecrackers expected to cap a day of celebration.

It was late Saturday night in Monterey Park, and the city’s Lunar New Year festival had ended an hour earlier. People were still strolling through downtown when the noise echoed from a ballroom dance studio tucked into a strip mall.

Three people sprinted across Garvey Avenue and into the Clam House, a seafood restaurant, where they begged owner Seung Won Choi to barricade the door. They said they just escaped from a class at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where a gunman had opened fire.

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