Statement on the Monterey Park Shooting
LA County Library is shocked and saddened by the senseless shooting that occurred at a Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park on the evening of January 21, 2023. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the victims, the victims’ families, and the residents of Monterey Park and nearby communities. As a public resource with libraries in neighboring Temple City, Rowland Heights, and Hacienda Heights, this tragedy struck particularly close to home as many of our customers and staff live, work, and visit near the location where this senseless act of violence of occurred. We understand just how deeply troubling and painful this time is and we are here for you.
For anyone in need of a quiet respite or a place to look up resources that may be helpful to them at this time, our libraries are open and accessible in person or digitally. The following resources may also help anyone in need of mental health services and support:
- Crisis Text Line offers free and confidential support 24/7 throughout the United States. Text “HOME” to 741-741.
- National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline offers 24-hour confidential support to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 988 to connect with a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area. Support is available in English and Spanish via a live chat.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Hotline provides immediate counseling for people affected by any disaster or tragedy. Call (800) 985-5990 to connect with a trained professional.
- Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource for Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Call (800) 273-8255 then press “1”; or text 838255, or chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net to connect with 24/7 support. For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255.
Please stay safe and continue to look out for yourselves and others.