Brandon Tsay has starred as the hero who According to ABC News, disarmed the mass shooter in Monterey Park at a dance hall in Alhambra, California.
Robert Luna, the Los Angeles County Sheriff, said in a news conference on Sunday on January 22, 2023 that two people wrested the gun away from the gunman, identified by Luna as Huu Can Tran. Luna said Tran went to the second location after he shot and killed 10 people and injured 10 others during a New Year’s celebration at a dance hall in Monterey Park.
According to his Facebook page, Tsay, 26, is from San Marino, California. The Alhambra dance hall, Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio, where the second incident occurred belongs to Tsay’s family. according to the New York Times. Tsay works full-time as a programmer, but also runs the ticket office in his family’s ballroom a few days a week, according to The Times. He was working there when the shooter entered.
“My heart sank, I knew I was going to die,” he told the Times. “At that moment it was primal instinct. Something happened there. I don’t know what came over me.” Tsay told the newspaper he disarmed the gunman, pointed the gun at him and told him, “Go, get out of here.”
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Tsay can be seen on surveillance video fighting with the gunman
ABC News also aired Video showing Tsay fighting Tran. According to ABC, Tsay runs the second dance hall with his family and said Tran was “looking around the room” as if he were “looking for targets — people who could be harmed.”
“He started preparing the gun and something came over me,” Tsay recalled to ABC. “I realized I had to take the gun away from him. I had to take this gun, disarm him or everyone would have died.”
“When I had the courage, I lunged at him with both hands, grabbed the gun and we had a fight,” he added to the network. “We fought our way into the lobby and tried to get this weapon away from each other. He punched me in the face and hit the back of my head.”
Tsay also spoke to “Good morning America.”
Tsay told the New York Times: “He looked at me and looked around, not hiding that he was trying to cause harm. His eyes were menacing.” Tsay’s father, Tom Tsay, told the newspaper, “It was just my son. He could have died. He’s lucky, someone took care of him.”
Authorities confirmed the heroism in a press conference
In a press conference, the sheriff confirmed the heroism.
First, Luna said in a news conference that authorities are investigating whether the two incidents are linked. He then said in another press conference that Tran entered the second facility with a gun and encountered two passers-by, who they took away from him.
Tran then fled the scene, the sheriff said, but witnesses described a white van he was driving and Torrance police soon encountered him.
Luna said Tran took his own life with a gun in the van.
According to the sheriff, the motive for the mass shooting is not clear. He said Tran, 72, went to the Alhambra about 20 minutes after the initial shooting.
In the later press conference, Luna said that the suspect at Alhambra was also Huu Can Tran. The sheriff said authorities recovered from the location a “semi-automatic assault pistol with a magazine” that had an “extended, large-capacity magazine” attached.
A law enforcement source revealed to CNN The weapon was “a 9mm semi-automatic Cobray M11”. CNN reported through a source that authorities traced the weapon to Tran.
“The suspect went in there, probably with the intention of killing more people, and two brave parishioners decided that they would take action and disarm him. They did, took possession of the gun and the suspect ran away,” Luna said of the Alhambra incident.
“I thought he was going to run, but he just stood there debating whether to fight or run,” Tsay recalled to ABC News. “I really thought I had to shoot him and he came at me. At that moment he turned, walked out the door and jogged back to his van. Gun in hand, I immediately called the police.”
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