CHINATOWN, Manhattan (WABC) — The mass shooting in Monterey Park, California New York City police are on high alert as thousands of people celebrate the Lunar New Year in Manhattan.

Thousands of people gathered in Chinatown to celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. There were many traditional Chinese torches – the dancing dragon, the signature red items and fireworks designed to scare away evil spirits.

While the mood was upbeat, officials spoke about Saturday’s mass shooting in the west.

“All our hearts go out to the horrible, horrible demonstration that happened earlier. We pray for those who died and those who were injured,” said the city’s mayor, Eric Adams.

A gunman killed 10 people and wounded at least 10 more during what was supposed to be the start of a two-day Lunar New Year celebration in Monterey Park.

“Waking up before this tragedy was very difficult. But this year is the year of hope, the year of the rabbit, so we need to come together to show strength and solidarity,” said New York Assemblywoman Grace Lee.

As a precaution, there were many uniformed officers and plainclothes personnel in the crowd in Lower Manhattan.

“I thought about it before I came here,” Crystal said.

However, Krystal – still, like many others, decided to come to the park at Christy and Grand.

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