January 23, 2023 (Los Angeles): The Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) has issued the following statement on behalf of Jorge Orozco, Chief Executive Officer at LAC+USC Medical Center where 4 of the 10 victims were taken for care following the Monterey Park Mass shooting that took place on Saturday January 21st:
“The tragic events from this past weekend have shaken our communities to the core. On behalf of our medical teams and staff, I want to express our sincerest condolences to all who have been touched by this tragedy. As a health care provider, we are both saddened and outraged by this latest act of gun violence that has taken precious lives and left families and a community in mourning.
“Our heroic staff at LAC+USC Medical Center have worked tirelessly to care for the four victims entrusted to our care. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we are saddened to share that one of the victims has succumbed to their extensive injuries. We want to express our deepest sympathies to their families and loved ones.
“Of the remaining victims receiving care at LAC+USC Medical Center, one remains in serious condition. The remaining two patients are recovering. Our medical teams are working around the clock to care for them, and we remain hopeful for their complete recoveries.
“Out of respect for our patients and their loved ones, we cannot comment further on these patients or their injuries, however we continue to offer our support to their families during this most difficult time.
“LAC+USC is one of five Level I Trauma Centers serving Los Angeles County, and the only such Center serving the community of East Los Angeles. Our talented physicians, nurses, and medical staff are among the most skilled and experienced in the United States, making LAC+USC a world-class medical center and teaching hospital. As part of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, which operates four hospitals in Los Angeles County, LAC+USC provides exceptional care to all in need, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, immigration status, or ability to pay.
“We will provide updates as circumstances evolve. In the meantime, we continue to express our most heartfelt condolences to all who have been impacted by this senseless tragedy.”