Residents in shock after mass shootings in the United States

Residents in shock after mass shootings in the United States

Huu Can Tran was once a regular at the Californian dance club where the last gun massacre in the United States took place.

Monterey Park, USA:

The 72-year-old Asian immigrant who killed 11 people before shooting himself as police approached him was once a regular at the California dance club where the states last gun massacre took place -United.

Huu Can Tran used a semi-automatic pistol to spray bullets around the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, an Asian-majority town near Los Angeles.

Twenty minutes later, he was tackled and disarmed by a young worker from another dance club, before going on the run.

As the small town tried to come to terms with the tragedy, which came as many members of the Asian community celebrated the Lunar New Year, a photo of the suspect began to emerge.

Tran, whose name is typically Vietnamese, emigrated from China to the United States, according to a marriage certificate his ex-wife showed to CNN.

The woman, who did not want to be named, told the network that she met Tran two decades ago at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he was a regular.

The studio, whose website says it was founded in 1990, offers classes in all types of dance, from children’s ballet to Latin steps to belly dancing.

Tran’s ex-wife says he introduced himself to her at the club, offering her free, informal lessons.

The couple married soon after, but the marriage did not last.

She said Tran, who sometimes worked as a truck driver, was not violent but could be impatient, especially if he felt shown, such as missing a dance move.

Court records cited by CNN show the couple divorced in 2006.

A man who said he knew Tran well in the late 2000s and early 2010s told the broadcaster he was a regular at the dance studio at the time.

The friend described how Tran drove from his home in San Gabriel, a town three miles (five kilometers) from Monterey Park most nights.

But Tran would complain about dance teachers, who he said would say “bad things about him,” the man told CNN, describing Tran as “hostile to a lot of people there.”

– ‘Something so awful’ –

He sold his house in San Gabriel in 2013.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Tran lived in a mobile home in Hemet, a town of 90,000 about 85 miles east of Los Angeles.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department searched his residence at the Lakes at Hemet West mobile home park, which advertises itself as a “55+ active living community.”

A neighbor said the community was shocked.

“He was stopping to pet your dog, and everyone here thought he was just a quiet little guy,” Pat Roth told KTLA TV.

“People I’ve spoken to are just amazed that he was involved in this.”

Hemet police said they had contact with Tran this month.

“Tran attended the lobby of the Hemet Police Department on January 7-9, 2023, alleging past allegations of fraud, theft and poisoning involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10-20 years ago. years,” said Hemet PD.

“Tran said he would return to the station with documents regarding his allegations but never returned.”

The Los Angeles Times said investigators are focusing on Tran’s previous interactions at the two dance studios and looking to see if jealousy over a relationship was the motive.

Tran killed himself on Sunday as officers approached the white van he was driving.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said investigators are investigating Tran’s mental health and criminal history.

“The investigation is continuing,” he told reporters. “We want to know how something so horrible can happen.”

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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