Ex-wife of Monterey Park mass shooting suspect speaks out, says he was “quick to anger.”



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The ex-wife of the Monterey Park mass shooting suspect recently spoke out, describing her ex-husband as having a short temper.

Huu Can Tran, 72, was found dead in a white van after an hours-long standoff with law enforcement in Torrance, California, on Sunday. Investigators said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Evidence found of the van that Tran took with the Shoot Saturday at Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park and a subsequent incident at Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in Alhambra where he was reportedly disarmed.

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A witness to the massacre claimed he went looking for his “wife” at the Monterey Park venue, who had just finished hosting a Lunar New Year celebration.

In conversation with UKTNTran’s ex-wife revealed that she and her former husband met at Star Ballroom about two decades ago.

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She said Tran – who had been teaching informal classes at the studio at the time – saw her at a dance and gave her free lessons after introducing himself. They soon married after their first meeting.

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Tran’s ex-wife said he was never violent towards her, but could get angry easily, such as when she missed a dance step.

After spending several years together, Tran’s ex-wife felt that he had lost interest in her, something her sister also reportedly confirmed. According to Los Angeles court records, Tran filed for divorce in late 2005 and received clearance the following year.

It is unknown how often Tran would visit Star Ballroom, especially in recent years.

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A former friend who said he was close to Tran in the late 2000s and early 2010s told UKTN that he went to the dance studio “almost every night”.

At the time, Tran reportedly complained that instructors didn’t like him and said “bad things about him”. He was also “hostile to a lot of people there,” the unknown former friend claimed.

In 2013, Tran reportedly sold his residence in San Gabriel, which was five minutes away from the dance studio. Seven years later, he bought a mobile home near Los Angeles in a senior community in Hemet, which was his last listed address.

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Adam Hood, a former Tran lodger, said the suspect also frequented Lai Lai Studio.

“[While he] didn’t have many friends… he liked to dance in the ballroom, in Star Dance Studio and Lai Lai Studio,” Hood told the Daily beastwhom Tran describes as a “lonely ranger.”

Saturday’s shooting, which killed 10 people and injured at least 10 others, is still under investigation.

Police are yet to determine the suspect’s motive.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice Southern California (AJSOCAL), in collaboration with The Asian American Foundation (TAAF), Asian Pacific Community Fund (APCF), Stop AAPI Hate, Gold House, Stand with Asian Americans and Chinatown Service Center, has launched a campaign on GoFundMe for the benefit of the victims.

At the time of writing, the campaign has raised $10,932.

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