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Harris declares ‘violence must stop’ after Monterey Park shooting


Vice President Kamala Harris declared “this violence must end” on Sunday as she publicly weighed in on a mass shooting in Monterey Park that left 10 people dead and injured 10 others.

Before delivering a speech on abortion rights in Tallahasee, Fla., to mark the 50th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, Harris said she wanted to address “the tragedy of what happened in my home state.”

“Yet another community has been torn apart by senseless gun violence,” said Harris, a former California senator and state attorney general. “All of us in this room and in our country understand this violence must stop.”

A gunman opened fire Saturday night on a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park, about seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The shooting occurred as tens of thousands gathered nearby for the start of a two-day Lunar New Year festival, which Harris called “a time of cultural celebration.” The festival is one of the largest holiday events in the region.

L.A. County Sheriff Robert Luna said it was too early to tell whether the festival was connected to the shooting.

Luna released photos of a suspect on social media, identifying him as an Asian…

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