On Saturday night, tragedy struck the small California town of Monterey Park. A gunman, 72-year-old Huu Can Tran, opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, killing five women and five men, and injuring at least ten others.
Sources have indicated that the gunman may have been hunting for his wife and was driven by jealous rage.
Police have yet to officially release a motive but a police source told LA Magazine, “There is increasing evidence this was domestic violence.”
The suspect, a former dance instructor, had apparently been irritated and distrustful of people in the past, according to those who knew him. He entered the studio around 10 pm, shortly before the Lunar New Year celebration, and began shooting indiscriminately. Several people were able to hide or dive for cover, but many were not so lucky.
The massacre could have been far worse, however, had it not been for the brave patrons of the nearby Lai Lai Ballroom. Tran decided to go on another shooting rampage shortly after the shooting at the Star Ballroom, however, two heroic patrons were able to disarm him and save countless lives.
Tran fled the scene and police eventually tracked him down in a white van in Torrance, 22 miles away.
After a three-hour standoff, Tran was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna stated that the weapon found in the van had an extended magazine, which is illegal in California, and “intended to kill more people.”
“The suspect went to the Alhambra location after he conducted the shooting and he was disarmed by two community members who I consider to be heroes,” Luna said.
“They saved lives. This could‘ve been much worse. The weapon that we recovered at that second scene I am describing as a magazine–fed semiautomatic assault pistol. Not an assault rifle, but an assault pistol that had an extended large capacity magazine attached to it.”