The first victim of the massacre in the lunar calendar dance studio, which was the owner of the ballroom
The first victim of the mass shooting was identified as the owner of the ballroom studio – the death toll rose to 11 people.
Ming Wei Ma is one of the ten people who died in the horrific massacre at the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park. Californiaon Saturday night.
Another victim died of serious injuries in hospital on Monday after the shooting.
The family of Mai Nhan, 65, also paid tribute to the enthusiastic dancer, whose “kindness was infectious”.
Ma’s friends said that he was the first to rush towards Huu Kang Chan’s gunman, when he opened fire.
Dozens of people had gathered in the studio on a Saturday night to celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year.
Police say they have not yet determined a motive for the fatal shooting, but sources say Tran may have been hunting his wife.
Friends of dance enthusiast Ming Wei Ma (left) said he was the first to rush towards gunman Huu Kang Chan when he opened fire
Mimi Nhan, 65, was identified as one of the other victims of Saturday night’s massacre
Leelan Lee, 63, was identified as one of the other victims, with three other women, two in their 60s and one in their 50s, and five men in their 60s and 70s identified as having been killed.
In a statement, Nhan’s family said: “She went to a dance studio in Monterey Park on the weekends for so many years. It was something she loved to do.
“But it’s not fair, Saturday was her last dance. We start the Lunar New Year broken; we could never have imagined that her life would end so suddenly.
“If you knew her, you knew her warm smile and kindness were contagious. She was a loving aunt, sister, daughter and friend.
“Mimi was our biggest cheerleader. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. We appreciate the support of our neighbors and the community.”
A friend of Ma’s, Eric Chen, told CBS: “According to the chat, he was the first to rush at the shooter. He was just a caring person, above all other people.
“It’s heartbreaking and unimaginable that this would happen.”
Instructor Lauren Woods added: “He was so magical to me and I could tell he was the heart of Star Ballroom.
Ming Wei Ma, right, is one of eleven people killed in the horrific massacre at the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, Calif., on Saturday night
Huu Cang Tran, 72, shot dead eleven people and wounded nine others at a dance hall in California before driving less than three miles to carry out his next attack
This picture shows the inside of the nightclub where shots rang out and eleven people were killed
“So many dancers, teachers and organizers were associated with Ma and I will personally miss him very much.”
Authorities have not yet released the identities of the 10 victims of the attack.
Police were called to shots fired at the dance studio at 10:22 p.m., arriving minutes later to find ten dead inside the building.
Two others were found inside the ballroom with serious injuries, and another eight were found with injuries outside the ballroom.
The seven currently remain in the hospital receiving treatment for their injuries, with Tran then driving to another dance studio less than 1.7 miles away.
He entered the Lai Lai Ballroom in the Alhambra about 20 minutes after the first shooting, and brave patrons managed to disarm him.
Police say he planned to shoot at least two more people before the firearm was taken from him
Local hospital officials said a man matching Tran’s description was seen in the emergency room with injuries that appeared to have been sustained in a fight.
He waited for a while but left without treatment and officers recognized him from photos of the wanted gunman released by the sheriff’s department.
Those in the studio were pronounced dead at the scene, the others were taken to hospital and seven continue to receive treatment
Police say they have not yet determined a motive for the fatal shooting, but sources say Tran may have been hunting his wife
Aerial footage shows officials removing unidentified items from a white van after the standoff
Tran was at large until Sunday afternoon, when police detained him in the van he used to flee the scene.
After an hours-long standoff, Tran died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a vehicle that was later examined by SWAT.
In a statement, Star Dance said: “Thank you for your prayers and thoughts during this difficult time.
“What was supposed to be a festive night on the first day of the Lunar New Year turned into a tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to all the victims, survivors and their families. We hope that during this period of recovery, all those affected will have space to grieve and come to terms with what has happened in the last 24 hours.
“In the meantime, all classes will be canceled and the studio will be closed until further notice.”
Authorities believe Tran acted alone and are not looking for anyone in connection with the mass shooting.
Chan was carrying what was described as a semi-automatic handgun with an extended magazine, and a second handgun was found in the van where he was found dead, officials said
Chan was stopped by police shortly after being spotted at the hospital for treatment. Special forces swarmed the van after a three-hour standoff
Other survivors have posted about their horrific injuries after being shot by a gunman, with one daughter still searching for her mother after the attack.
Juno Blease said her father, Jeff Liu, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after he and his wife, Nancy, went to the Dancing with the Stars studio.
62-year-old Liu was discharged from the hospital yesterday, but his 63-year-old wife has not yet been found by the family.
They hope she was rushed to hospital after the attack but are “preparing for the worst” after he saw her fall when the gunman opened fire.
Mei Ikigai added that her mother was wounded in the shoulder and lower back, but was not in critical condition.
She said: “She told us she was five tables away from where the gunman was standing. She was dancing with her friends and dance instructor when she heard a noise that sounded like fireworks.
“She turned around and saw a man with a long gun shooting indiscriminately. She quickly fell to the ground and felt that one of the bullets hit her left shoulder and lower back.’
Juno Blease said her father, Jeff Liu, was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after he and his wife, Nancy, went to a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park to celebrate the Lunar New Year, while her mother is still missing. .
The family still hopes she was taken to the hospital without ID and they will be reunited