Dance studio killer likely fueled by hatred toward instructors, says former tenant

Huu Can Tran harbored a deep hatred for instructors at the Star Dance Studio where he killed 11 patrons and wounded nine others Saturday, delusionally believing they were jealous of him, a man who rented a small home from the gunman said Tuesday

“He distrusted people,” said the man, who asked not to be identified because his doesn’t want public exposure. “If something offended him, he would become very angry and hate someone to their guts.”

The man said he moved into Tran’s San Gabriel home about 15 years ago and lived there for about eight years. Tran, 72, lived in a “cabin” at the back of the property.

Tran’s life seemed to center around the Star Dance Studio, where he was a “freelance instructor,” giving free lessons to the women who agreed to dance with him, the man said. Tran wanted to show other instructors how well he could dance and teach, he said.

“He led a simple life, didn’t have job, and every night at 8 p.m. would dress up and go to Star studio,” the former tenant said. “He didn’t have any other place to go. It was the only place that made him happy. It shows he was only interested in dance.”

Tran also routinely frequented the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in nearby Alhambra, which he entered with a semi-automatic pistol shortly after the Star Dance shooting. He was quickly disarmed by a man whose family operated the dance studio and then fled, leaving the weapon behind.

Tran often complained about instructors at both Star Dance and the Lai Lai Ballroom, the man said.

“Sometimes he brought sentiments to me that the dance instructors didn’t like him,” the former tenant said. “He thought he wasn’t welcome. He did not like the instructors as well and spoke evil of them.”

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Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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