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New video shows man’s initial confrontation with Monterey Park shooting suspect in Alhambra

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Monterey Park, California — Dramatic new surveillance video shows man disarmed Mass shooting in Monterey Park A suspect who confronted him shortly after he entered the Alhambra ballroom.

The footage was shot shortly after 72-year-old Huu Can Tran entered the Lai Lai Ballroom. & studio on Saturday. You can see Trang walking into a small room near the ballroom lobby with an assault pistol with an extended magazine. The gun also appears to have a large silencer.

Some time later, Tran confronts 26-year-old Brandon Tsai. The two then exchange a few words before Tsay charges at Tran. You can see them fighting.

Related: What We Know About the Monterey Park Victims

Tsai said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ​​that he thought he was going to die.

“Something hit me. said Tsai. “When I got the courage, I rushed at him with both hands, grabbed my weapon, and we struggled.”

Tsai grabbed a gun and pointed it at the man and shouted.

The assailant paused, but returned to the van and called police with the gun in hand.

Related: What We Know About the Monterey Park Victims

Unknown to Tsai at the time, the same man allegedly opened fire at the Star Ballroom dance studio in nearby Monterey Park about 20 minutes earlier, killing at least 11 people and injuring nine. .

Records show that Tran worked as a professional hauler for at least 20 years, and briefly ran his own haulage company. He was CEO of a San Gabriel-based company called Tran’s Trucking, Inc. However, the company did not last long. Records show that the business was founded in his 2002 but dissolved in 2004.

Tran’s ex-wife, who requested anonymity, told CNN she met him at the Star Ballroom about 20 years ago. Trang introduced himself in dance and offered free lessons. They got married soon after.

She said Tran was not violent, but he was short-tempered. If she got the dance wrong, she recalled, he would have been upset because he thought it made him look bad.Tran filed for divorce in 2005, according to court records. bottom.

Tran was an immigrant from China, according to his marriage license documents shown to CNN.

Related: Here’s what we know about Monterey Park gunfighter Hu Kang Tran

A former tenant and longtime acquaintance of Tran’s told ABC News that he was a regular at dance studios in Monterey Park and the Alhambra.

Hemet Police say Tran visited the agency’s lobby on January 7 and 9 of this year. He filed allegations of fraud, theft and addiction involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago, according to the department. He said he would come back with documents proving his claim, but he never showed up again.

The Monterey Park Massacre was the fifth mass murder in the United States this month. It was also the worst attack since his May 24th at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where he killed 21 people.

The shooting occurred in the heart of the downtown area, where red lanterns adorned the streets for the Chinese New Year celebrations. The celebration at Monterey Park is one of the largest in California. In the past few years he has planned his two-day celebration which has been attended by as many as 100,000 people. But authorities canceled Sunday’s event following the shooting.

CNN, ABC News and AP contributed to this report.

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Written by Natalia Chi

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