New shootings rock California as police probe dance hall killings


On Monday, a picture began to emerge of a man who, according to his marriage licence, had immigrated from China, and who had been a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in the past.

Tran’s ex-wife told CNN that the couple had met there two decades ago when he offered to give her informal lessons.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said they married a short time later, but the relationship did not last, with the divorce finalised in 2006.

She said that Tran, who sometimes worked as a truck driver, was not violent, but could be impatient.

A man who said he had previously known Tran said that he would complain about dance teachers, who, he claimed, would say “evil things about him”, CNN reported.

He was “hostile to a lot of people there”, the man told the broadcaster.

Detectives who searched a mobile home where Tran had been living in Hemet, 140km east of Los Angeles, recovered a rifle, electronics and ammunition, Luna said.

Police in the city said earlier this month that Tran had made “fraud, theft and poisoning allegations involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago”.


Saturday night’s mass shooting was the worst in the United States since a teenage gunman in Uvalde, Texas, killed 21 people at an elementary school last May. All but two were children.

The toll in Monterey Park, one of California’s largest Asian communities, rose to 11 on Monday when one of those injured in the attack died in hospital.

The coroner in Los Angeles said that all of those who died were in their 50s, 60s or 70s, and named four of the dead as My Nhan, 65, Valentino Alvero, 68, Xiujuan Yu, 57, and Lilan Li, 63.

Nhan’s family said the tragedy was “still sinking in”.

“She spent so many years going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on weekends,” a statement said.

“It’s what she loved to do. But unfairly, Saturday was her last dance.”

Amid the grief, attention has also focused on the actions of 26-year-old Brandon Tsay, who grappled with Tran in the second dance studio’s lobby to rip his MAC-10 9mm semi-automatic weapon from him.

“He was hitting me across the face, bashing me in the back of my head, I was trying to use my elbows to get the gun away from him,” Tsay told ABC.

“Finally, at one point I was able to pull the gun away from him, shove him aside, create some distance, point the gun at him, intimidate him, shouting: ‘Get the hell out of here. I’ll shoot. Get away. Go.'”

Luna praised Tsay, saying: “His heroic action … saved countless lives.”

“What a brave man he is.”

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