Shooting reported after lunar new year festival near Los Angeles | California

Dozens of police officers responded to reports of a shooting after a large lunar new year celebration in a community to the east of Los Angeles late on Saturday.

Officials provided no information about the shooting in Monterey Park, a city of about 60,000 people with a large Asian population that is about 10 miles (16km) from downtown LA.

Earlier in the day, thousands of people attended the festival.

Seung Won Choi, who owns the Clam House seafood barbecue restaurant across the street from where the shooting happened, told the Los Angeles Times three people rushed into his restaurant and told him to lock the door.

The people told Choi there was a shooter with a machine gun who had multiple rounds of ammunition on him so he could reload. Choi said he believed the shooting took place at a dance club.

The newspaper reported that the shooting happened after 10pm.

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Saturday was the start of the two-day festival, which is one of the largest lunar new year events in southern California.

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