LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis has released the following statement on the mass shooting in Monterey Park.
“I am devastated to learn that ten people have been killed and at least another ten have been injured in a mass shooting that took place in the City of Monterey Park – and that a second possible scene in the neighboring City of Alhambra is also being investigated. In what should have been a morning full of celebration honoring the Lunar New Year, our community is waking up to the shocking news and grieving the loss of loved ones and neighbors.
Just yesterday, I had the honor of joining thousands of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) residents in the City of Monterey Park for its Lunar New Year Celebration and it was beautiful to see the joy displayed on their faces after this event was postponed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Monterey Park holds significance as having one of the largest percentages of AAPI residents in the United States. For decades, the city has elevated the cultures and histories of AAPIs in this country – breaking barriers and challenging stereotypes along the way. As we await to see if this is a hate crime, we must continue the work of protecting our communities and keeping them safe.
I thank President Joe Biden for deploying the FBI which is providing support to the Monterey Park Police Department, and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department which is also assisting. My office stands ready to assist all who have been impacted by this tragic incident.”