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Police investigate dance hall killings, new California shootings

Seven people were killed in two new shootings in California on Monday, less than 48 hours after a 72-year-old man shot and killed 11 people during a Lunar New Year celebration at a Los Angeles-area dance hall. The latest bloodshed took place in Half Moon Bay, a Pacific Coast community near San Francisco near Neighborhood Farm. San Mateo County Sheriff Christina Corpus briefed the media on the twin shootings that left seven dead and one wounded, 67-year-old Half Moon Bay resident Chun-Li Chao. Detectives in the southern tip of the state are still in custody as the new tragedy unfolds. An investigation into what drove an elderly Asian immigrant to shoot dead 11 people who gathered at a suburban dance hall to celebrate before taking his own life. Suspect Huu Can Tran used a semi-automatic pistol during a rampage in Monterey Park Saturday night, killing men and women in their 50s, 60s and 70s. One person was shot in the parking lot. He then drove to another dance studio, where another massacre was prevented only by a young man’s “heroic” act of wresting a weapon from him, police said. Hours later, Tran shot himself in his white van as police approached. Tran, who was arrested for illegal gun possession in 1994, fired 42 rounds in the attack, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said Monday. But, he said, there are still many unknowns. Crazy to do this? we do not know. But we intend to find out,” he told reporters. Detectives are investigating Tran’s previous connections to the two dance studios, with personal ties a key area of ‚Äč‚Äčinterest, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Chester Hong told AFP he believed a family dispute over invitations to a Lunar New Year’s Eve party could have been at the root of the attack. Luna confirmed that officials had been told that some of his victims may have known Tran, but said some cu There is currently no evidence that he is related to anyone. – “Hostile” – A photo began to emerge on Monday of a man who, according to his marriage certificate, immigrated from China and was a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in the past. Tran’s ex-wife told CNN that the couple met there 20 years ago when he offered to give her informal lessons. The woman, who asked not to be named, said they married shortly after, but the relationship Not finally, the divorce was finalized in 2006. Tran, who was a truck driver at times, was not violent, she said, but could be impatient. A man who said he knew Tran before said he would complain about the dance teacher, who, he claimed, would Said “bad things about him,” CNN reported. He was “very hostile to a lot of people there,” the man told the broadcaster. Detectives searched Tran’s mobile home in Hemet, 140 kilometers ( 85 miles) east of Los Angeles and recovered a rifle, electronics and ammunition, Luna said. Police in the city said earlier this month that Tran filed a complaint “10 to 20 years ago involving his family in the Los Angeles area.” All but two children have been children since a teenage gunman in Uvaldi, Texas, killed 21 people at an elementary school last May. Monday, The death toll in Monterey Park, one of California’s largest Asian communities, rose to 11, with one person injured in the attack dying at the hospital. All of the dead were in their 50s and 60s, the coroner in Los Angeles said or in their 70s, and named four of the dead as My Nhan, 65, Valentino Alvero, 68, Xiujuan Yu, 57, and Lilan Li, 63. Nhan’s family said the tragedy was “still sinking” and “she spent After years of going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on weekends,” a statement said, “it’s something she loves to do. But it’s not fair that Saturday was her last dance. Amid the grief, attention was also focused on the actions of 26-year-old Brandon Tsay, who scuffled the Tran Ballroom lobby to wrest his MAC-10 9mm semi-automatic weapon from him. “He hit me in the face, hit me on the back of the head and I was trying to get the gun off him with my elbow,” Tsay told the ABC. “Finally, at one point I was able to get the gun away from him, push him aside, pull some distance away, point the gun at him, intimidate him, yell: ‘Get out of here. I’m going to shoot. Escape. Go.'” Luna praised Tsay, saying: “His heroism… saved countless lives.” “What a brave man he was.” hg/tjj/ec