The security camera of the ballroom where 11 people were shot dead last weekend, in the US state of California, recorded the moment when a man confronted and disarmed the 72-year-old gunman. The images were released on social networks by the American TV station NBC.
The man, identified by The New York Times as Brandon Tsay, 26, was at the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio establishment in the Alhambra on Saturday night (21). He was accompanying the dancers when he saw the suspect pointing a gun.
“My heart froze, I knew I was going to die,” he told the newspaper. “That moment, it was instinctive. Something happened. I don’t know what it gave me,” he said.
According to his account, he lunged at the man, grabbed the gun barrel and began a struggle for his life.
Tsay, whose grandparents founded the party house where she was staying, was unaware that the suspect, identified by police as Huu Can Tran, had killed 10 people and injured others 10 minutes earlier at another similar home near Monterey Park.
The young man says that he had never seen a real gun in his life, but that it was clear that the shooter was not there to steal, but to kill.
“By his body language, his facial expression, his eyes, he was looking for people,” Tsay told the Times.
Tsay and her family said security footage showed the two fighting for about 90 seconds before he removed the suspect’s gun. He immediately pointed it at the shooter and shouted, “Go away, get out of here,” he said.
Then the suspect fled.
Hours later, he was dead; he shot himself inside a white van in Torrance, several miles to the south, on Sunday afternoon, as agents were about to arrest him.
The reason for the attack is still unknown, according to police.
Cops believe the gunman intended to carry out a similar massacre at the Alhambra and say those who disarmed him saved lives.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said two people disarmed the suspect at the Alhambra, but Tsay and her family, who run the party house, said video showed he fought the killer alone.
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