Dodgers saddened by Lunar New Year shooting at Monterey Park

Dodgers saddened by Lunar New Year shooting at Monterey Park

On Saturday, January 21, at approximately 10:22 p.m., a shooting occurred during a Lunar New Year celebration at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, killing 10 people, with 10 more hospitalized.

The Los Angeles Dodgers issued a statement Sunday with the people of Monterey Park, which is approximately 10 miles from Dodger Stadium, and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

“The Dodgers are saddened and shocked by the senseless mass shooting that took place in neighboring Monterey Park,” their statement said. “What was supposed to be a joyful celebration for the Lunar New Year, turned tragic.

Our thoughts are with the victims, survivors, our neighbors and all those affected by this tragedy. We stand in solidarity with the AAPI community.”

The city of Monterey Park also issued a statement to “express our condolences to the individuals, families and friends who were injured in this tragic incident.” Also, as a precaution, they canceled the second day of the festival, which was scheduled to take place on Sunday.

The demographic breakdown of Monterey Park is approximately 65% ​​Asian with a population of approximately 60,000. In previous years, more than 100,000 people have attended the Lunar New Year celebrations.

Seconds LAistthe city opened a resource center for anyone at the Langley Senior Center, and authorities encouraged anyone who is concerned that someone they know may have been injured in the shooting to come to the center.

According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, the suspect is still at large and was described as an Asian man, but his name has not been released. Law enforcement also investigated a situation in Torrance that may be connected, but no additional information was released.

The motive for the shooting is unclear, but authorities are investigating all possible angles. including if the shooter knew anyone at the celebration.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling “Crime Stoppers” at (800) 222-TIPS (8477), using your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” mobile app on Google Play or the App Store d ‘Apple or through using the website.

The Dodgers condemned the rise in crimes against Asian Americans

In 2021, crimes against Asian Americans increased, and the The Dodgers spoke at a time when many athletes and organizations were condemning social injustice and systemic racism.

“Such bigotry and hatred have no place in our society and, to be clear, the Dodger organization condemns this widespread xenophobic violence and intolerance. This harassment is nothing but cowardice,” the organization said in a statement.

“In addition to Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers have a legacy of pioneer players from Asian stars such as Hideo Nomo (Japan), Chan-Ho Park (Korea) and Hong-Chih Kuo (Taiwan). In addition, the Dodgers have had more players of Asian descent than any other major league basketball team.

“Of course, we have an extremely diverse fan base fueled by the largest Asian American population in the United States. Dodger Stadium has always been common ground for all. The Dodgers stand with all Americans who know that diversity of our nation is one of our greatest strengths.

“We are proud that the Dodgers family spans the globe and welcomes people of all backgrounds. We all have a responsibility to call out and act against racism, and to work for a more just, equitable and loving nation, not just during the moments of protest but always”.

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