The person who fatally shot 10 folks in a Southern California dance studio had as soon as been an everyday 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 evening, earlier than fatally taking pictures himself after a manhunt throughout the area on Sunday.

His ex-wife mentioned 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 supplied her free classes, she mentioned.

The 2 married quickly after they met, in accordance with the ex-wife, who requested to not be named because of the sensitivity of the case. Whereas Tran was by no means violent to her, she mentioned he might be fast to anger. For instance, she mentioned, if she missed a step dancing he would turn into upset as a result of he felt it made him look dangerous. She mentioned that after a number of years collectively, she obtained 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 continuously Tran visited the dance corridor, if in any respect, lately.

Tran filed for divorce in late 2005, and a choose accepted the divorce the next yr, Los Angeles courtroom data present. 

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

A 5-minute drive from his house: 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 mentioned Tran would make the roughly 5-minute drive from his house in San Gabriel to Star Ballroom Dance Studio “nearly each evening.”

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

Extra typically, Tran was simply irritated, complained lots, and didn’t appear to belief folks, the buddy mentioned.

 Tran at occasions labored as a truck driver, in accordance with his ex-wife. 

Enterprise data present that Tran registered a enterprise known 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 identified belongings or incurred any identified money owed or liabilities.

Purchased a cellular house in Hemet: In 2013, Tran offered his San Gabriel house, which he had owned for greater than 20 years, property data present. 

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

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

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

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