CAPAC Chair Chu Statement on Mass Shooting in Monterey Park, CA

Jan 22, 2023

MONTEREY PARK, CA – Last night, a gunman entered a dance studio in Monterey Park, CA and opened fire, killing 10 individuals and wounding at least 10 others. The shooter fled the scene. This shooting occurred on the eve of Lunar New Year in a community that has a majority Asian American population.

Rep. Judy Chu (CA-28), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, issued the following statement:

“This shooting in my hometown of Monterey Park has torn a hole through all of our hearts. My thoughts and condolences go to the victims of this horrific crime, and to their families and loved ones who woke up this morning to the worst news imaginable.  I can't even comprehend the pain and suffering they are going through.

“My thanks go to the first responders from our fire and police department who so quickly arrived on the scene to assist the victims, and to the medical professionals treating the injured. I’d also like to thank Sheriff Luna and Monterey Park Police Chief Wiese for their rapid response and for their continued efforts to apprehend the suspect responsible for these murders. I also want to thank the FBI for their immediate presence and resources on the ground and their ongoing work to determine if this is a hate crime.

“While there is so much we do not yet know, we do know this occurred at a time that should have been very special to Asian Americans in this country and around the world.  Lunar New Year is the highlight of the year for Asian American communities, and a time of celebration and of being with our families. In fact, it is horrific to think that only hours before, and only one block away, I joined with thousands of people and many elected officials at the opening of the Lunar New Year Festival. But now, Asian Americans in the Monterey Park community and nationwide are in mourning and are terrified instead of celebrating.

“I have lived in Monterey Park for 37 years. I served on the city council, and as Mayor 3 times in this city.  If there is one thing I know, it is that Monterey Park is resilient. Our community is strong, and we will get through this terrible event together.”