New York Post
‘Heroes’ prevented more slays
Two brave bystanders jumped into action to disarm California dance club shooter Huu Can Tran, likely saving more lives in the Saturday night massacre that left 11 dead, officials said.
After the gunman opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, he stormed into a “rival” dance hall in Alhambra, armed with a semiautomatic assault pistol, Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said.
“I can tell you that the suspect walked in there, probably with the intent to kill more people,” he said.
Two people inside the second ballroom, the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio, spotted the weapon and wrestled it away from the 72-year-old gunman, Luna said.
“He was disarmed by two community members who I consider to be heroes because they saved lives,” he said. “This could have been much worse.”
No shots were fired in the second space, officials said. Investigators recovered the gun — which Luna said he believes was obtained illegally — at the scene after Tran fled.
One of the heroes was identified as Brandon Tsay, 26 (inset), a coder captured on surveillance footage struggling with Tran at the Lai Lai.
Tran was confirmed dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff with Torrance, Calif. police Sunday morning.
The massacre happened just a half-hour after a Lunar New Year festival, attracting a crowd of up to 100,000 people, wrapped up a short distance away.
Investigators are still searching for a motive in the mass shooting.