The ex-wife of the suspected shooter who killed 10 and injured 10 in a horrific shooting at a California dance studio has given a revealing insight into her ex-husband’s life amid rumors about a possible motive for his actions .
The ex-wife, who spoke to CNN and asked not to be named, said the couple met at the same dance studio where he shot late Saturday night. Huu Can Tran filed for divorce from her in 2005, which became final a year later.
Her account was verified by her sister, who also spoke to CNN. The Daily Beast has reached out to the ex-wife for comment.
Before Tran, a 72-year-old Chinese immigrant, opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, he was a regular and even gave “informal” classes at the venue. It remains unclear whether he has visited at all in recent years.
The couple met at a dance two decades ago, where Tran introduced himself and offered to teach her for free. They married soon after. He wasn’t violent, she said, although he “got angry quickly.”
This manifested in various ways – including while they were dancing. If she took a wrong step, it would occasionally explode, she claimed.
Trans affiliation with the dance hall was also supported by a “longtime acquaintance” who also wished to remain anonymous and told CNN he would make the 5-minute drive to the dance hall “almost every night”. The boyfriend was reportedly a close friend of Tran’s between the late 2000s and early 2010s.
They painted a slightly harsher picture of Tran as the ex-wife, describing how he was “hostile towards a lot of people” in the dance studio and that he believed other teachers had said “nasty things about him”.
The dance studio’s claims were also corroborated by Adam Hood, a former renter of the suspect, who told The Daily Beast that while he “didn’t have many friends… he enjoyed dancing at Ballroom, Star Dance Studio and Lai Lai Studio.”
Hood described Tran as a “lonely ranger”.
Trans ex-wife also described him as an occasional truck driver.
Documents obtained by The Daily Beast show that he owned a company called “Tran’s Trucking, Inc” as of 2002 – although Tran had gone out of business by August 20, 2004.
Tran wrote that the company had been “completely wound up” and had “never incurred any known debt or liability.”
On Sunday night, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna confirmed Tran as a suspect at Monterey Park mass shooting. He was found in a white van with a self-inflicted gunshot in a Torrance, California parking lot at 12:52 p.m. and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police said they are still trying to determine a motive behind “this extremely tragic event”.
Sheriff Robert Luna said: “We’re still unsure of the motive… and that’s something we’re all extreme about… we want to know. We want to know how something so terrible can happen.”
Seven victims were still hospitalized as of Sunday night, Sheriff Luna said.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/california-shooting-suspect-met-ex-wife-at-same-studio-he-shot-up-report?source=articles&via=rss California shooting suspect met ex-wife at same studio where he shot: report