By OSV News

         MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (OSV News) — "With the whole family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I am praying for the victims of this violence," said Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez in a statement following a mass shooting that left 10 people dead and at least 10 more wounded in Monterey Park, California, late Jan. 21. 

Police officers guard the crime scene in Monterey Park, Calif.,
Jan 22, 2023, following a shooting that set off a manhunt for
the suspect in the nation’s fifth mass killing this month. The
shooting left at least at least 10 people dead, 10 others injured
late Jan. 21, in a neighborhood where thousands attended
festivities on eve of Lunar New Year.
OSV News photo/Mike Blake, Reuters

         Archbishop Gomez, who was already scheduled to celebrate Mass at 10 a.m. local time to mark the Lunar New Year at St. Bridget Chinese Catholic Church in LA's Chinatown, added: "We pray for those killed and injured in this shooting; we ask that God stay close to their families and loved ones. We pray for the wounded to be healed, and we ask that God give strength and guidance to the doctors and nurses who are caring for them."

         A shooter fired into the crowd at a dance ballroom as guests celebrated on the eve of the Lunar New Year. The wounded were taken to local hospitals around the city, which is east of Los Angeles. Their condition ranged from "critical to serious," said Capt. Andrew Meyer of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. He told reporters in a news briefing early Jan. 22 that it was too early in the investigation to know the motive of the shooter, who remained at large.