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Community mourns after Lunar New Year shooting in Monterey Park

Activists, celebrities and politicians across the country are offering their condolences after a shooting in Monterey Park, California, killed 10 people.

The California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus said in a tweet that they were “heartbroken” to learn of the shooting.

“We are heartbroken over the news of another mass shooting after Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families,” the caucus wrote.

Members of the caucus appeared behind Mayor Henry Lo at a recent press conference.

Stop AAPI Hate, an organization developed to combat the rise of anti-Asian hate, released its own statement on Twitter.

“Our community has faced so much tragedy and trauma over the last several years,” Stop AAPI Hate said. “This tremendous act of violence, on one of the most important days of the year for many Asian Americans, at a place where Asian American families come to gather and celebrate, is sending shockwaves through our community.”

The organization noted, that while details about the suspect’s motives are still emerging, they were aware that the suspect’s “access to guns turned this into a massacre.”

President Biden offered condolences earlier this morning.

“Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night’s deadly mass shooting in Monterey Park,” he said in a statement.

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