The only suspect in a Chinese New Year shooting that killed 11 people at a California dance hall was named Huu Can Tran.
Nine others were injured in the massacrewith other deaths averted thanks to the heroic actions of a worker who disarmed Tran when he walked into a second dance hall in Los Angeles County, apparently brandishing a gun.
The 72-year-old killed himself after fleeing the scene as police approached his van.
He had once been a dance teacher at the same venue where he is accused of opening fire, he revealed.
As police piece together what happened, those who knew him shared further details about the alleged shooter.
Here’s what we know so far about him.
Tran’s ties to the dance studio
Tran was reportedly a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, where he reportedly fired 42 rounds on Saturday night (January 21).
An ex-wife of Tran told CNN she met him at the studio about 20 years ago and that he used to teach classes there.
A longtime acquaintance of Tran said he went to the studio almost every night in the late 2000s and early 2010s.
They told CNN he was “hostile to a lot of people there” and that Tran claimed the instructors at the time didn’t like him and said “bad things about him.”
It’s unclear if Tran had been to the dance studio lately and if he knew anyone who was inside during filming.
Quick to anger but “never violent” before
Tran’s ex-wife told CNN that Tran was never violent but would get angry quickly, for example if she missed a step while dancing.
Tran’s tenant, Adam Hood, told Reuters that Tran was a hot-tempered and aggressive person who didn’t have many friends but enjoyed ballroom dancing, his main social activity.
“He was a good dancer,” said Mr. Hood, who met Tran in the early 2000s and said they bonded over their shared experience as Chinese immigrants.
“But he was suspicious of the people in the studio, angry and suspicious. I think he had just had enough.”
Tran complained that people in the studio were talking behind her back, Mr. Hood added.
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Tran’s personal life
The shooting suspect had lived in a mobile home park for more than 55 years in Hemet, Calif., about 65 miles east of where the murders took place.
He lived closer to the dance studio. Records show he lived in San Gabriel, near Monterey Park, from the early 1990s until around 2014.
Tran and his ex-wife divorced in 2005. He never remarried and had no girlfriend, according to Mr Hood.
Tran had an active trucking license and owned a business called Tran’s Trucking which he started in 2002.
Monterey Park Police had no prior interaction with Tran, Police Chief Scott Wiese said at a Monday news conference.
But Tran had visited Hemet police twice this month to report that he had been the victim of fraud, robbery and poisoning by family members ten or two years ago in the Hemet area. Los Angeles, Hemet police spokesman Alan Reyes told The Associated Press.
Tran said he would return to the station with documents, but never did.
After the shooting, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputies searched Tran’s home and found a .308 caliber rifle, an unknown amount of bullets, and evidence that he was making homemade gun suppressors that muffled the sound of weapons.