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 standing with the residents of Monterey Park, which is about 10 miles from Dodger Stadium, and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
“The Dodgers family is saddened and shocked by the senseless mass shooting that took place in nearby Monterey Park,” their statement read. What was supposed to be a joyful celebration of the Lunar New Year, turned out to be 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.”
– Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) January 22, 2023
The city of Monterey Park also issued a statement “to offer condolences to the individuals, families and friends who were injured in this tragic accident.” In addition, as a precautionary measure, they canceled the second day of the festival which was scheduled to take place on Sunday.
The demographic for Monterey Park is approximately 65% Asian and the city has a population of approximately 60,000 people. In previous years, more than 100,000 people attended their Lunar New Year celebrations.
to me LAistthe city opened a resource center for anyone at Langley Senior Center, and authorities encouraged anyone concerned that someone they knew had been injured in the shooting should go to the center.
According to Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna, the suspect is still at large and has been described as an Asian man, but his name has not been released. Law enforcement also investigated a situation in Torrance that might be relevant, but no additional information was released.
The motive for the shooting is not clear, but authorities are looking around every possible angle. Including whether the shooter knew anyone at the ceremony.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Office at (323) 890-5500.
Information may 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 Apple App Store or by using the site.
The Dodgers have condemned the rise in crimes against Asian Americans
In 2021, crimes targeting Asian Americans have escalated, and Dodgers spoke At a time when many athletes and organizations were denouncing social injustice and systemic racism.
“Such bigotry and hatred has no place in our society, and to be clear, the Dodger Organization condemns this widespread violence based on xenophobia and intolerance. Such bullying is nothing short of cowardice,” the organization said in a statement.
Besides Jackie Robinson, the Dodgers have a legacy of leading Asian All-Star players such as Hideo Nomo (Japan), Chan-Ho Park (Korea), and Hong-Chih Kuo (Taiwan). In addition, the Dodgers have had a number of More players are of Asian descent than any other team in Major League Baseball.
Of course, we have a very diverse fanbase fueled by the largest number of Asian Americans in the United States. Dodger Stadium has always been a common ground for everyone. The Dodgers stand with every American who knows that our nation’s diversity is one of our greatest strengths.
“We are proud that the Dodgers family spans the world and welcomes people of all backgrounds. It is the responsibility of all of us to advocate for and act against racism, and to work toward a more just, equitable, and loving nation — not just during moments of protest but always.”
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