Police patrols are expected to increase at Chicago’s Lunar New Year celebrations after last weekend’s shooting at a dance studio in the Los Angeles area.
Gunmen killed 10 people and injured 10 at the Star Dance Studios in Monterey Park Saturday night.
The shooting occurred about an hour after thousands of people were in the area for the first day of the two-day Lunar New Year festival that ended before the shooting.
The suspect was found dead the day after the search.
Police increased their presence at Evanston’s Lunar New Year festivities on Sunday after a mass shooting occurred at a dance hall during California’s Lunar New Year celebrations.Christian Farr of NBC 5 provides details. I’m explaining.
As many events tighten security, tragedy is on the minds of many who attend Lunar New Year celebrations in the Chicago area and across the country.
Evanston Mayor Daniel Bis said additional security was provided at a community celebration hours after news of the California incident first broke.
“I would like to thank law enforcement officials who took immediate action and provided additional security,” Bis said.
Amid a heightened police presence, dozens of residents lined the streets of Chicago’s northern suburbs for a traditional dragon dance.
And there are many more celebrations, including Chicago’s Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, which is scheduled to depart on Sunday.
“In the face of this tragedy, I don’t want people to gather in fear,” Aldo said. Nicole Lee said. “It’s about letting other people win. To be honest.”
Lee said police have stepped up patrols ahead of the event and additional officers will be in the area on the day of the festival.
Organizers have said they have no plans to cancel the parade in light of the shootings in California, and encourage people to join the celebrations to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit.
Chinatown’s Lunar New Year parade is scheduled for Sunday at 1pm.