Killing in California: a “hero” recounts his face-to-face with the killer

California shooting: “hero” tells his face-to-face with the killer

MISE À DAY

A 26-year-old man who managed to disarm a shooter who killed ten people and injured ten other people on Saturday evening in a Californian dance hall, said on Monday that he “believed he was dying” to American media who called him a “hero”.

The man, identified as Brandon Tsay, was Saturday night at the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the city of Alhambra – a different dance hall than where the carnage took place – when the shooter entered this establishment frequented mainly by an Asian population and pointed a gun at him.

“My heart stopped, I knew I was going to die,” he told the New York Times, “at that moment it was the survival instinct” that took over.

Brandon Tsay recounted throwing himself at the man and grabbing the barrel of the gun, beginning what he described as the “fight of his life.”

The young computer developer, whose grandparents founded the dance hall, did not know that the shooter, identified by police as Huu Can Tran, had killed 10 people and injured ten others minutes earlier at another establishment located in a nearby neighborhood of Monterey Park.

CCTV footage released by ABC on Monday shows Brandon Tsay wrestling with the beanie-wearing shooter, unable to make out the weapon in the melee.

The young employee finally managed to grab it and immediately pointed it at the shooter, shouting “Get the hell out of here,” he told the media.

He told ABC his belief the man hadn't come to rob, but to kill.

“He wasn't there to rob us. When he looked around the room. It looked like he was looking for people to target,” Tsay said.

The 72-year-old Asian shooter died Sunday in Torrance, about 28 miles from Monterey Park where the shooting took place, after being surrounded by the police.

Investigators were still looking for the motive for the shooting on Monday.