Ten killed in mass shooting in Los Angeles Lunar New Year celebration

Police say suspect managed to escape the scene with manhunt still underway; motive behind attack still unknown

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Ten people were killed Monday in a mass shooting in the city of Monterey Park, California, around the location of a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
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  • The suspected gunman fled the scene, and police were still trying to find him, the department said early on Sunday morning.
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    זירת ירי ב מונטריי פארק קליפורניה ארה"ב
    זירת ירי ב מונטריי פארק קליפורניה ארה"ב
    Police forces on the scene
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    There was no information yet about a motive for the attack, the department added.
    Another 10 people were taken to local hospitals to be treated for injuries, and at least one was in critical condition.
    The shooting took place after 10pm (0600 GMT on Sunday), U.S. media reported. Monterey Park is a city around 7 miles (11 km) from downtown Los Angeles.
    Footage posted on social media showed injured people on stretchers being taken to ambulances by emergency staff. Around the scene of the shooting police guarded cordoned-off streets, the video showed.
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    זירת ירי ב מונטריי פארק קליפורניה ארה"ב
    זירת ירי ב מונטריי פארק קליפורניה ארה"ב
    Scene of shooting in California
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    "Our hearts go out to those who lost loved ones tonight in our neighboring city, Monterey Park, where a mass shooting just occurred," Los Angeles City Controller Kenneth Mejia said in a tweet.
    Tens of thousands of people had attended the festival earlier in the day.
    The Los Angeles Times quoted the owner of a nearby restaurant as saying that people who sought shelter in his property told him there was a man with a machine gun in the area.
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