CCTV footage has been released that shows a member disarming a gunman from California, just minutes after he shot 11 people at a Chinese New Year celebration.
Brandon Tsay (26 years old) has been called a hero after he disarming Huu Kan Tran at Alhambra’s Lai Lai Ballroom.
The footage shows Mr Tsay confronting the gunman in an apparently empty lobby of the dance hall.
A man in dark clothes and a hat is seen walking out of the photo and, about thirty seconds later, is seen fighting with Mr Tsay.
The attacker then punches him in his head. He eventually manages to get the gun from him.
They continue fighting until Mr Tsay pushes Tran away – leaving Tran with no choice but to flee.
“This was the time to disarm him”
According to Mr Tsay, the attacker entered the venue and pointed his gun directly at him.
“There was a time when I actually froze up. Because I was, I believed that I was going to die. It was like my life was ending right there.
“But, something incredible happened, a miracle actually.
“He tried to prepare his weapon to shoot everyone, but then I realized that this was the right moment to disarm him.
“I could do this to protect everyone and possibly save myself.
“I was thinking about my family, my friends – how their lives would be without me.”
On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom met with Mr Tsay and described him as a “true Hero”.
“This young man was a remarkable example of selflessness and courage. He saved many lives, even though he felt a little afraid.
“Who knows how many people he saved.”
Eyewitness: A community that grieves
As a community grieves, the Star Dance Studio has become the center of Monterey Park. People of all ages and sexes come to the front door to place flowers.
It was opened in 1980 and has been teaching all styles of dance, including ballroom, waltz, and samba, by highly qualified instructors. Some of these instructors are also champions in their respective disciplines.
The majority of people who train here are retired individuals in their 50s-60s and 70s. Jenny has been here for many years.
She says, “I was supposed to be here Saturday night, but it was New Year so I had a dinner with family.” “I woke up Sunday morning to hundreds of texts asking if I was okay. Are you alive?'”
One of the victims was Mr Ma, a long-time instructor at Studio.
Jenny, who refused to give her name, says that it was a family-oriented environment because Mr Ma treated us like family and best friends. “We love to come here to dance, to socialise and get to know other people. It keeps us healthy and fit. Because I feel so sad, I try to not think about it.
Lauren Woods, a Tango instructor saw Mr Ma one last time Saturday afternoon, as Monterey Park celebrated the Lunar New Year.
She wrote that she saw Ma last time and that he helped her find parking because the streets of Monterey Park were jammed in celebration to the Lunar New Year festivities. “I will always be grateful to Mr Ma for the way that we communicated with each other.
“His English wasn’t great, but he would always say, “My teacher!” My teacher! Always kiss me on the cheeks and tell me ‘Love you! I love you! He was just so sweet and I could see that he was the heartbeat of Star Ballroom.
Just 20 minutes before, Tran, aged 72, had entered Monterey Park’s Star Ballroom Dance Studio. He killed 11 people and injured nine others.
According to the Los Angeles Coroner’s Office, all but one victim were aged 60 or older.
According to Mr Luna, 42 rounds were fired at Monterey Park. He also said that an enormous magazine with a high capacity was found on the spot.
Seven killed by Half Moon Bay shooting
A suspect is currently in custody following the deaths of seven people in shootings at a mushroom farm in California and a trucking company in San Francisco.
Officials stated that four people died at the farm, and three at the trucking company on the outskirts Half Moon Bay. This is a town about 30 miles south from San Francisco.
In connection to the shooting, Zhao Chunli, 67 years old, was taken into police custody
Although it was not immediately apparent how the locations were connected but it is believed that the suspect worked at one of the businesses.