26-year-old gun snatched from US shooter averted greater tragedy

SAN MARINO: Saturday night ended at Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio, with less than half an hour before closing. There were three people left on the dance floor. Brandon Tsaythe third-generation operator of the Alhambra Family Dance Hall, was in the office off the lobby, when he heard the front doors closing and a strange noise that sounded like metal objects moving were hitting.
He turned to see a semi-automatic assault pistol pointed at him. “He was looking at me and looking around, not hiding that he was trying to do harm. His eyes were menacing,” recalls Tsay, 26, on Sunday, 24 hours after watching a gunman open fire on another ballroom, killing 10 people. About 20 minutes after the massacre, the shooter, whom authorities identified as Huu Can Tran72 years old, arrived in Lai Lai.
Tsay struggled with the shooter and eventually disarmed him, saving countless lives and averting another tragedy. Tsay said the gun the shooter was carrying indicated he intended to inflict maximum damage. “The way it was built and customized, I knew it wasn’t to steal money,” Tsay said of the weapon. Young Tsay, a computer coder, said it was around 10:35 p.m. local time on Saturday when he turned to face the shooter, whom he did not recognize. “I knew I was going to die,” he said. The next moment he rushed over and grabbed the gun by its barrel and began to struggle with the shooter for control. “That moment was primal instinct,” he said. “I do not know what happend to me.”
They fought over control of the gun for about a minute and a half. At one point, the shooter looked down at the gun and pulled it out with one hand, as if to manipulate the gun to begin firing. Tsay said he seized the moment and pulled the gun away from the man. He pointed the gun at him and shouted, “Get the h**l out of here,” he recalled. Tsay said he felt traumatized and was unable to understand what happened.


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