Residents in shock after US mass shooting

Huu Can Tran was once a regular at the California nightclub, where the last gun massacre in the United States took place.

Monterey Park, United States:

The 72-year-old Asian immigrant who killed 11 people before shooting himself as police pursued him was once a regular at the California nightclub, where the last gun massacre in the United States took place.

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

Twenty minutes later, he was tackled and disarmed by a young worker from another nightclub, before fleeing.

As the small town struggled to come to terms with the tragedy, which occurred as many in the Asian community celebrated the Lunar New Year, a photo of the suspect began to surface.

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

The woman, who declined to be identified, told the network that she met Tran two decades ago at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he regularly frequented.

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

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

The couple married a short time later, 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 he was being shown off, for example by messing up a dance step.

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

A man who said he knew Tran well into the late 2000s and early 2010s told the station that he frequented the dance studio at the time.

The friend described how Tran drove from his home in San Gabriel, a town three miles from Monterey Park, almost every night.

But Tran complained about dance teachers, who he said said “bad things about him,” the man told CNN, describing Tran as “hostile to many people there.”

– ‘Something so horrible’-

He sold his home in San Gabriel in 2013.

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

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department searched his residence there in the Lakes at Hemet West trailer park, which bills itself as an “over 55 active life community.”

A neighbor said the community was shocked.

“He would stop to pet his dog, and everyone here thought he was just a quiet little guy,” Pat Roth told broadcaster KTLA.

“The people I’ve spoken to are shocked that he’s involved in this.”

Police in Hemet said they had contact with Tran this month.

“Tran visited the Hemet Police Department lobby on January 7 and 9, 2023, alleging fraud, theft and poisoning involving her family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago,” said Hemet PD.

“Tran stated that he would return to the station with documentation about his allegations, but he never did.”

The Los Angeles Times said investigators were focusing on Tran’s past interactions at the two dance studios and were looking into whether the motive was relationship jealousy.

Tran shot himself to death on Sunday when police approached the white van he was driving.

LA County Sheriff Robert Luna said investigators were looking into Tran’s mental health and criminal history.

“The investigation continues,” he told reporters. “We want to know how something so terrible could happen.”

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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