Man died using his back to shelter dance partner from hail of bullets in Monterey Park shooting

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A survivor of the Monterey Park shooting has told how her life was saved by her dance partner who shielded her from bullets.

ABC News spoke with a woman who identified herself as “Shally” and recalled that her 62-year-old friend protected her from the attack, losing her life in the process.

Longtime friends, the two were dancing when the gunman opened fire at the Star Ballroom dance studio in suburban Los Angeles on Saturday night when the shooting began.

She said she grabbed her dance partner and they hid under a table.

Her 62-year-old friend, whom she did not want to identify, was shot in the back and saved her, shielding her from the gunfire.

When the shooter left, she told the network that she tried to wake him up but soon realized he had been shot.

In another detail, Shally revealed how she thought the terror was over after the first shot, but said the suspect got out and reloaded his gun. When the gunfire finally stopped, she realized that two of her friends were dead and several others had been shot.

She said the sights and sounds are forever etched in her memory.

The suspected shooter has since been identified as Huu Can Tran, 72, who danced at the studio and met his ex-wife there about 20 years ago.

He then tried to attack another dance studio in the nearby Alhambra, but was thwarted by a 26-year-old family member who ran the premises.

Tran fled and was found dead in his car from a self-inflicted gunshot wound the next day, about 30 miles from Torrance, California.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said the ten victims, five men and five women, appeared to be in their 50s and 60s or possibly older.

So far, two women have been officially identified – My Nhan, 65, and Lilan Li, 63 – and a man, Ming Wei Ma, the owner of the studio, has been named by friends. Ten other injured people were taken to hospital.

Man died using his back to shelter dance partner from hail of bullets in Monterey Park shooting

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