Video footage has emerged from Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra, California, where Brandon Tsay fought and disarmed a gun-wielding Asian. Tsay’s recap of the incident has drawn praise from all and sundry for his bravery.
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Tsay ran the dance hall with his family and said the gunman looked around the room as though he was searching for targets and people to hurt.
The Lunar Year celebrations meant many were out to enjoy the moment, as Tsay recalled when he heard someone trying to get in through the studio’s front door in Alhambra.
“That’s when I turned around and saw that there was an Asian man holding a gun. My first thought was I was going to die here, this is it,” Tsay said during an interview.
The man was getting ready to shoot and Tsay claimed something had come over him. He narrated how he got the weapon away from the shooter to prevent anyone from getting hurt or dying. Tsay also added that he took several hits to his head and face as he combated with the man to get the weapon away.
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After successfully disarming the man and taking possession of the weapon, Tsay said he contemplated shooting the man before he told him to go away.
Unknown to Tsay, authorities have identified Huu Can Tran, 72, as the same man he disarmed as allegedly responsible for another shooting. Tran opened fire at a dance studio near Monterey park earlier, with ten injured and ten others pronounced dead.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said police officers arrived in a white van at a shopping center parking lot. A single gunshot was heard as officers tried to contact the show owner. The SWAT team arrived at the scene based on the officer’s request for tactical support and confirmed him dead.
Authorities reveal that in early January, the late shooter reported cases of fraud, theft and poisoning involving his family. According to a statement by the Police in Hemet,
California, where the alleged shooter supposedly lived, failed to show up to complete his claims.
“He stated he would return to the station with documentation regarding his allegations but never returned,” the police added.