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“HOSTILE”

On Monday, a picture began to emerge of the culprit in Monterey Park, a man who, according to his marriage licence, had immigrated from China, and who had been a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in the past.

Tran’s ex-wife told CNN that the couple had met there two decades ago when he offered to give her informal lessons.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said they married a short time later, but the relationship did not last, with the divorce finalised in 2006.

She said that Tran, who sometimes worked as a truck driver, was not violent, but could be impatient.

A man who said that he had previously known Tran said he would complain about dance teachers, who, he claimed, would say “evil things about him”, CNN reported.

He was “hostile to a lot of people there”, the man told the broadcaster.

Detectives who searched a mobile home where Tran had been living in Hemet, 140km east of Los Angeles, recovered a rifle, electronics and ammunition, Luna said.

Earlier this month, Tran had made “fraud, theft, and poisoning allegations involving his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago”, police in the city said.

“HER LAST DANCE”

The family of 65-year-old My Nhan said that the tragedy was “still sinking in”.

“She spent so many years going to the dance studio in Monterey Park on weekends,” a statement said.

“It’s what she loved to do. But unfairly, Saturday was her last dance.”

Amid the grief, one tale of heroism has given hope as 26-year-old Brandon Tsay revealed how he grappled with Tran as the elderly man arrived at another dance studio, in what police believe was a planned second attack.

“He was hitting me across the face, bashing me in the back of my head, I was trying to use my elbows to get the gun away from him,” Tsay told ABC.

“Finally, at one point I was able to pull the gun away from him, shove him aside, create some distance, point the gun at him, intimidate him, shouting: ‘Get the hell out of here. I’ll shoot. Get away. Go.'”