Man, woman killed in shooting at Asian restaurant in Monterey Park; gunman sought

A man and a woman were shot and killed at an Asian restaurant in Monterey Park on Monday night and authorities Tuesday were searching for the suspected gunman.

The shooting happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday night in the 500 block of West Garvey Avenue, east of Atlantic Boulevard. When officers arrived, they found a man and a woman, both of Asian descent, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the upper body. Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Deputy Tracy Koerner of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, which was assisting Monterey Park police with the investigation.

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Witnesses described the suspect as an Asian man in his late 30s or early 40s, and detectives believe the suspect knew and specifically targeted the victims, Koerner said, adding the shooting did not appear to be a random act of violence.

The ages and names of the victims were not released.

Area residents said the restaurant where the shooting occurred, the Music BBQ Bar, opened about three months ago.

Anyone with information on the crime was urged to call the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

CNS contributed to this report.