What was supposed to be a festive day celebrating the Lunar New Year ended in tragedy when 72 year old Huu Can Tran shot up the Star ballroom dance studio on Saturday, leaving ten people dead and ten more injured.
The events occurred at 10:20pm Saturday night. Authorities have no clear motive as to why Tran committed the mass shooting but the current suspicion according to reports is that his ex-wife may have been the possible target.
According to the LA Times, law enforcement said the Tran had shown to the Hemet police station and claimed that his family was trying to poison him.
Tran left the studio with intentions to shoot up a second ballroom, the Lai Lai ballroom & studio, but failed due to the heroism of two community members. The two community members confronted Tran and disarmed him, stopping him from committing a second shooting. Tran fled the scene before authorities arrived.
Tran used a semi-automatic pistol with an extended magazine according to reports. Victims at the scene told the LA Times that Tran came loaded with sufficient ammunition and was able to reload his gun after using a whole clip and continue firing rounds of bullets into the crowd.
At 10:20am the following morning authorities saw a white van flee the scene of the crime and followed. The officers got out of the patrol vehicle to make contact with the suspect and heard a gunshot come from the van.
At one in the afternoon SWAT was able to determine that Tran was dead from a self-inflicted gun wound.
According to reports Police Chief Scott Wiese said that the first officers to arrive to the scene were some of the newest and youngest officers on the force and that “none of them had prepared” for what they were about to see.
Law Enforcement is continuing to investigate what the motive was behind the massacre committed by Tran.
We will continue to follow the story and keep you updated.
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