Hero who disarmed California shooter before he could embark on second shooting spree speaks out

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The hero who disarmed California gunman Huu Can Tran before the suspected mass killer could engage in a second fatal shooting has spoken out.

Surveillance footage captured the terrifying moment of Brandon Tsay, 26, disarming the gunman just minutes after the 72-year-old shot 11 victims at the nearby Star Ballroom Dance Studio. Monterey Park.

Mr. Tsay’s family run the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio at Alhambra, where Tran headed after the first shooting.

“I needed to take the gun away from him, disarm him, otherwise everyone would be dead,” Mr. Tsay told ABC News Monday.

Mr Tsay, who is a coder, says he turned and saw the shooter when he heard the front door slam behind him.

“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, that’s it,” he said.

Mr Tsay said the shooter was “looking around” as if “looking for targets… people to hurt”.

“He started preparing the weapon and something took hold of me,” Mr Tsay recalled. “I realized I had to take the gun away from him. I had to take that gun, disarm him, or everyone would be dead.

“When I had the courage, I threw myself at him with both hands, grabbed the gun and we fought.

“We struggled in the lobby, trying to get that gun away from each other. He punched me in the face, hitting the back of my head.

Mr Tsay says he was eventually able to snatch the gun from the shooter and aim it at him.

“Get the hell out of here! I’ll shoot! Go! Go!” He says he yelled at the shooter.

“I thought he would run away, but he just stood there, wondering if he should fight or flee,” Mr Tsay added.

“I really thought I should shoot him and he came towards me. That’s when he turned around and walked through the door, ran to his van. I immediately called the police with the gun still in hand.

He was found in a Torrance parking lot on Sunday where he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside a white van during a standoff.

The motive for the massacre remains unknown, although acquaintances revealed that he had ties to the Star Ballroom Dance Studio.

In the meantime, the first victims killed have now been identified. Friends said Ming Wei Ma, the owner of the studio, was killed as he heroically ran towards the gunman in an attempt to stop the massacre. The Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office named two women, My Nhan, 65, and Lilan Li, 63, as victims.

All eleven of those who died were over fifty. Nine others were injured.

Hero who disarmed California shooter before he could embark on second shooting spree speaks out

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