CCTV has been released showing a member of the public disarming a gunman in California – minutes after he shot and killed 11 people at a nearby Chinese New Year celebration. done.
Brandon Tse, 26, has been hailed as a hero for disarming Huo Qin Tran at the Alhambra’s Lai Ballroom.
In the footage, Mr Tse can be seen confronting the gunman in what appears to be an empty lobby at the dance hall.
An armed man in black clothing and a hat steps out of the picture and is seen struggling with Mr. Tse about 30 seconds later.
He manages to wrest the gun from the attacker who then punches him in the head.
The men continue to struggle before Mr. Tse pushes Tran away, leaving the assailant with no choice but to escape.
‘This was the moment to disarm him’
Speaking to NBC News, Mr. Tse said the attacker entered the venue and pointed a gun directly at him.
“There was a moment when I actually froze, because I was, I was sure I was going to die, like my life was going to end here, in that moment.
“But something amazing happened, a miracle in fact.
“He started trying to get his weapon ready so he could shoot everyone, but then it occurred to me that it was time to disarm him.
“There is something I can do here that can protect everyone and possibly save myself.
“I was thinking about my family and my friends – what their lives would be like without me.”
Governor Gavin Newsom met with Mr Tse on Monday and called him a “true hero”.
“This remarkable young man who without hesitation – albeit with moments of fear – took it upon himself to save countless lives.
“Who knows how many lives he saved.”
Just 20 minutes earlier, Tran, 72, had walked into the Star Ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park — killing 11 people and injuring nine.
All but one of the victims were 60 or older, according to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office.
A total of 42 rounds were fired at Monterey Park, Mr. Luna said, adding that a large-capacity magazine was found at the scene.
Eyewitness: A community that begins to grieve.
Star Dance Studio becomes the focal point for Monterey Park as a community begins to grieve. At intervals young and old people come to lay flowers at the front door.
Since it opened 30 years ago it has been a place where people are taught all different styles of dance including ballroom, waltz and samba – by highly qualified instructors, some of them champions in their discipline. are also
Most of the people who train here are retirees in their 50s, 60s and 70s – including Jenny, who has been coming here for many years.
“I was supposed to be here on Saturday night but because it was New Year’s I had dinner with my family,” she says. yes?'”
One of those killed in the shooting was a longtime instructor at the studio, known as Mr. Ma.
“It was a very family-oriented place because Mr. Ma treated us like family members and best friends,” says Jenny, who declined to give her name. “We really like coming here to dance and socialize and meet people. It’s good because it keeps us fit and healthy. I’m not trying to think about what happened because I’m so depressed. “
Lauren Woods, a tango instructor, last saw Mr. Ma on Saturday afternoon as many people celebrated the Lunar New Year in Monterey Park.
“The last time I met Ma was when she helped me find parking because the streets of Monterey Park were packed for the Lunar New Year celebration,” he wrote on Facebook. “I will always remember Mr. Ma and the way we talked to each other.
“His English was not good, but he would always say, ‘My teacher! My teacher!’ Always kiss my cheeks and say ‘Love you! Love you!’ He was very dear to me and I could tell he was the heart of the Star Ballroom.”
Seven killed in shooting in Half Moon Bay
Meanwhile, a suspect is in custody after seven people were killed in two related shootings at a mushroom farm and trucking firm in a coastal community south of San Francisco.
Four people died at a farm and three at a trucking business on the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a city 30 miles south of San Francisco, officials said.
Police have arrested 67-year-old Zhao Chunli in connection with the shooting.
It was not immediately clear how the locations were connected, though it is believed the suspect worked for one of the businesses.
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