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California Lunar New Year shooting followed a near-record year of mass murder

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A shocking mass shooting outside of Los Angeles on Saturday night marks the nation’s fifth mass murder in the young new year, and the deadliest since the Uvalde, Texas elementary school tragedy in May 2022.

Following the first night of Lunar New Year celebrations in the 60,000-person San Gabriel Valley city of Monterey Park, an unidentified gunman opened fire on a ballroom dancing studio in the Asian-American enclave.

The mayhem resulted in ten deaths and at least ten injuries, according to officials. It was first unclear whether the massacre was random, targeted, or driven by hatred.

The catastrophe followed one of the deadliest years ever for mass killings in the United States. According to a database maintained by The Associated Press and USA Today, 42 such incidents — defined as events in which four people are slain, excluding the perpetrator — occurred in 2022.

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