The man who shot 20 people at a dance studio in California over the weekend has been identified as an elderly ‘loner’ and former truck driver of 20 years. 

On January 21st 72-year-old Huu Can Tran entered Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, where he was a regular, and began shooting, hitting 20 people and killing 11 of them. Tran then visited the Lai Lai Ballroom Dance Studio in Alhambra, where he attempted another shooting but was subdued by another man inside. Tran then fled the scene with no injuries. He later died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Since then, Tran has been identified as a man who “distrusted everyone” and displayed “hate towards people,” by a longtime acquaintance, reported ABC 7 News.

“I wouldn’t say he was aggressive but he just couldn’t get along well with people,” the acquaintance continued, adding that he thought Tran occasionally offered free lessons to people who came to the dance studios. 

“Probably, this made the instructors unhappy,” he said. “I think there was tension between Tran and those instructors.”

Records show that Tran worked as a professional truck driver for at least 20 years, and ran his own trucking company for a short period of time. He served as the CEO of a San Gabriel-based business called Tran’s Trucking Inc. from 2002 to 2004. 

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