The person who fatally shot 10 folks in a Southern California dance studio had as soon as been a daily presence on the studio, even assembly his ex-wife there, three individuals who knew him advised CNN.

Police say Huu Can Tran, 72, opened fireplace at Star Ballroom Dance Studio within the Los Angeles suburb of Monterey Park, on Saturday night time, earlier than fatally taking pictures himself after a manhunt throughout the area on Sunday.

His ex-wife stated in an interview that she had met Tran about 20 years in the past at Star Ballroom Dance Studio, a well-liked group gathering place the place he gave casual classes. Tran noticed her at a dance, launched himself, and provided her free classes, she stated.

The 2 married quickly after they met, based on the ex-wife, who requested to not be named as a result of sensitivity of the case. Whereas Tran was by no means violent to her, she stated he could possibly be fast to anger. For instance, she stated, if she missed a step dancing he would change into upset as a result of he felt it made him look unhealthy. She stated that after a number of years collectively, she bought the impression that he had misplaced curiosity in her. Her sister, who additionally requested to not be named, confirmed her account. 

It was unclear how often Tran visited the dance corridor, if in any respect, lately.

Tran filed for divorce in late 2005, and a decide accredited the divorce the next 12 months, Los Angeles courtroom information present. 

Tran was an immigrant from China, based on a replica of his marriage license that his ex-wife confirmed to CNN.

A 5-minute drive from his dwelling: One other long-time acquaintance of Tran’s additionally remembered him as a frequent presence on the dance studio. The buddy, who additionally requested to not be named, was near Tran within the late 2000’s and early 2010’s, when he stated Tran would make the roughly 5-minute drive from his dwelling in San Gabriel to Star Ballroom Dance Studio “virtually each night time.”

Tran typically complained on the time that the instructors at the dance corridor didn’t like him and stated “evil issues about him,” the buddy remembered, including that Tran was “hostile to lots of people there.”

Extra usually, Tran was simply irritated, complained rather a lot, and didn’t appear to belief folks, the buddy stated.

 Tran at instances labored as a truck driver, based on his ex-wife. 

Enterprise information present that Tran registered a enterprise referred to as Tran’s Trucking Inc. in California in 2002. However he dissolved the enterprise about two years later, writing in a company submitting that the corporate had by no means acquired any recognized belongings or incurred any recognized money owed or liabilities.

Purchased a cell dwelling in Hemet: In 2013, Tran bought his San Gabriel dwelling, which he had owned for greater than 20 years, property information present. 

Seven years later, information present, Tran purchased a cell dwelling in a senior residents group in Hemet, California, an outlying suburb about 85 miles east of Los Angeles. 

Tran’s buddy stated he hadn’t seen Tran in a number of years and was “completely shocked” when he heard concerning the taking pictures. 

“I do know a lot of folks, and in the event that they go to Star Studio, they frequent there,” the buddy stated, including that he was “frightened possibly I do know a few of” the taking pictures victims.

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