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California mass shooter was a regular at the dance club: Report

World NewsCalifornia mass shooter was a regular at the dance club: Report

The 72-year-old Asian man suspected of killing 10 people before shooting himself when police moved in on him was once a regular at the California dance club where America’s latest gun massacre took place.

Huo Can Tran allegedly used a semi-automatic pistol to spray bullets around the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, a predominantly Asian city near Los Angeles.

Twenty minutes later, before fleeing, he is caught and disarmed by a young worker at another dance club.

As the small town tried to deal with the tragedy, which many in the Asian community were celebrating the Lunar New Year, a picture of the suspect began to emerge.

Also read: Asian Americans upset after shooting in California on Lunar New Year

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

The woman, who did not want to be named, told the network she met Tran two decades ago at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, where he was a regular.

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

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

The couple got married after some time but the marriage did not last.

He said Tran, who sometimes worked as a truck driver, was not violent, but could be impatient, especially if she felt she was being shown, for example by her Messing up a dance step.

According to CNN, court records show the couple divorced in 2006.

A person who said he knew Tran well in the late 2000s and early 2010s told the broadcaster that he was a regular at the dance studio at the time.

The friend described how Tran drove three miles (five kilometers) from his home in San Gabriel, downtown Monterey Park, almost every night.

But Tran would complain about dance teachers, who she claimed would say “bad things about her,” the person told CNN, telling Tran “a lot of people there Enmity”.

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 city of 90,000 people about 85 miles east of Los Angeles.

Detectives from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were notified that they were searching his residence in the Lakes of Hemet West mobile home park, which describes itself as a “55 active living community.”

Tran recently visited a police station in Hemet, where he complained that his family was trying to poison him, the Times said, citing law enforcement sources.

Also read: California mass shooting suspect kills himself in van: police

Investigators were focusing on Tran’s previous interactions at the two dance studios, and looking into whether jealousy over the relationship was the motive, the paper said.

On Sunday, Tran shot and killed himself when police officers approached the white van he was driving.

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

“The investigation is ongoing,” he told reporters. “We want to know how this terrible thing could happen.”

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