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Shot to death near Los Angeles
Investigators gather at the crime scene. At least nine people were shot to death during a Chinese New Year celebration in the Los Angeles area. © Jae C. Hong/AP/dpa

A violent crime breaks out in California not far from the Chinese New Year celebration. Several people die. The background is still unclear.

Los Angeles (AP) – Nine people were shot dead during a Chinese New Year celebration in the Los Angeles area. The crime occurred on Saturday night (local time) in Monterey Park, an eastern suburb of the Pacific metropolis in the US state of California, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office announced on Twitter.

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A police vehicle is parked near the crime scene. At least nine people were shot to death during a Chinese New Year celebration in the Los Angeles area. © Jae C. Hong/AP/dpa

According to media reports, numerous people were also injured by gunfire. According to eyewitnesses, a man shot himself with an automatic rifle.

According to a Los Angeles Times report, it was not yet clear if there were any arrests. The owner of a restaurant near the crime scene said three people ran into his place and asked him to lock the door. They said the shooter was carrying so much ammunition that he could reload over and over again. dpa

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