Huu Can Tran killed 10 people – 5 men and 5 women – when he opened fire on the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park in suburban Los Angeles on Saturday night. Here’s what we know about this mass murderer.
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Huu Can Tran, a native of China, is 72 years old.
He once danced regularly at the studio where he committed his crime.
He met his first wife about 20 years ago at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio, according to CNN.
Huu Can Tran, a popular meeting place for the Asian community, taught there. He introduced himself to her and offered her free lessons.
The two married shortly after meeting, according to the ex-wife, who requested anonymity
His ex-wife claims he was never violent towards her but could get angry easily if she missed a dance move because she felt it made them look bad.
Huu Can Tran filed for divorce in late 2005. He got them in 2006.
A friend of the suspect said he was at the dance studio 5 minutes from his home almost every night in the late 2000s and early 2010s. He lived in San Gabriel.
Tran often complained back then that the dance hall announcers didn’t like her and said “bad things about her”. It appears that Huu Can Tran “was hostile towards a lot of people in the Star Ballroom. He was irritable, complained a lot, and didn’t seem to trust people.
According to his ex-wife, Huu Can Tran sometimes worked as a truck driver.
He reportedly owned Tran’s Trucking Inc. in California in 2002. His company was dissolved two years later
In 2013, Tran sold her home in San Gabriel and bought a mobile home in Hemet.
It is currently unknown if he has attended Star Ballroom Dance Studio in recent years
Chased by police, Huu Can Tran shot himself in his white van on Sunday, the day after the killing.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Sunday the motive for the attack was unclear.
“He intended to kill more people,” Luna said at a news conference Sunday night, adding that it was bosses at a second dance studio who stopped the 70-year-old from taking action.
Chester Chong, president of the Los Angeles Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Monterey Park community leader, said the suspect may have been jealous that he was not invited to a party attended by his wife.
With CNN and the Chron