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Monterey Park, California mass shooting during Lunar New Year celebrations



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The person who fatally shot 10 people in a Southern California dance studio had as soon as been a daily presence on the venue, even assembly his ex-wife there, three individuals who knew him advised CNN.

Police say Huu Can Tran, 72, opened hearth at Star Ballroom Dance Studio within the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, on Saturday night time, earlier than fatally capturing himself after a manhunt throughout the area on Sunday.

His ex-wife mentioned in an interview that she had met Tran about twenty years in the past on the dance studio, a well-liked group gathering place the place he gave casual classes. Tran noticed her at a dance, launched himself, and provided her free classes, she mentioned.

The 2 married quickly after they met, in line with the ex-wife, who requested to not be named because of the sensitivity of the case. Whereas Tran was by no means violent to her, she mentioned he might be fast to anger. For instance, she mentioned, if she missed a step dancing he would change into upset as a result of he felt it made him look dangerous. She mentioned that after a number of years collectively, she received the impression that he had misplaced curiosity in her. Her sister, who additionally requested to not be named, confirmed her account. 

It was unclear how often Tran visited the dance corridor, if in any respect, lately.

Tran filed for divorce in late 2005, and a decide permitted the divorce the next yr, Los Angeles court docket data present. 

Tran was an immigrant from China, in line with a duplicate of his marriage license that his ex-wife confirmed to CNN.

A 5-minute drive from his residence: One other long-time acquaintance of Tran’s additionally remembered him as a frequent presence on the dance studio. The pal, who additionally requested to not be named, was near Tran within the late 2000s and early 2010s, when he mentioned Tran would make the roughly 5-minute drive from his residence in San Gabriel to Star Ballroom Dance Studio “nearly each night time.”

Tran typically complained on the time that the instructors at the dance corridor didn’t like him and mentioned “evil issues about him,” the pal remembered, including that Tran was “hostile to lots of people there.”

Extra usually, Tran was simply irritated, complained loads, and didn’t appear to belief individuals, the pal mentioned.

Tran at instances labored as a truck driver, in line with his ex-wife. 

Enterprise data present that Tran registered a enterprise referred to as Tran’s Trucking Inc. in California in 2002. However he dissolved the agency about two years later, writing in a company submitting that the it had by no means acquired any recognized belongings or incurred any recognized money owed or liabilities.

Purchased a cell residence in Hemet: In 2013, Tran bought his San Gabriel residence, which he had owned for greater than twenty years, property data present. 

Seven years later, data present, Tran purchased a cell residence in a senior residents group in Hemet, California, an outlying suburb about 85 miles east of Los Angeles. 

Tran’s pal mentioned he hadn’t seen Tran in a number of years and was “completely shocked” when he heard concerning the capturing. 

“I do know plenty of individuals, and in the event that they go to Star Studio, they frequent there,” the pal mentioned, including that he was “anxious possibly I do know a few of” the capturing victims.