11 confirmed dead after Chinese New Year mass shooting, as CCTV shows 'hero' confronting gunman

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CCTV has been released showing a subordinate of the nationalist disarming the Monterey Park gunman conscionable minutes aft helium fatally changeable 11 radical astatine a adjacent Chinese New Year celebration.

Brandon Tsay, 26, has been hailed arsenic a leader for disarming Huu Can Tran astatine the Lai Ballroom successful Alhambra, California.

In the footage, Mr Tsay tin beryllium seen confronting the gunman successful what appears to beryllium an bare lobby successful the creation hall.

An equipped man, dressed successful acheronian covering and a hat, walks retired of the representation and astir 30 seconds aboriginal is seen struggling with Mr Tsay.

He manages to instrumentality the weapon distant from the attacker who past punches him successful the head.

The men proceed to conflict earlier Mr Tsay pushes Tran disconnected him - leaving the assailant with nary enactment but to escape.

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Hero who disarmed gunman says helium 'froze up'

'This was the infinitesimal to disarm him'

Speaking to NBC News, Mr Tsay said the attacker entered the venue and pointed the weapon straight astatine him.

"There was a infinitesimal I really froze up, due to the fact that I was, I had the content that I was gonna die, similar my beingness was ending here, astatine that precise moment.

"But thing astonishing happened, a occurrence actually.

"He started to effort to prep his limb truthful helium could sprout everybody, but past it dawned connected maine that this was the infinitesimal to disarm him.

"I could bash thing present that could support everybody and perchance prevention myself.

"I was reasoning astir my household and my friends - what their beingness would beryllium similar without me."

Governor Gavin Newsom met Mr Tsay connected Monday describing him arsenic a "true hero".

"This singular young antheral who without immoderate hesitation - though with moments of fearfulness - took it upon himself to prevention countless lives.

"Who knows however galore lives helium saved."

Just 20 minutes earlier, 72-year-old Tran had entered the Star Ballroom Dance Studio successful Monterey Park - sidesplitting 11 radical and wounding 9 others.

All but 1 of the victims were 60 oregon older, according to the Los Angeles Coroner's Office.

A full of 42 rounds were fired successful Monterey Park, Mr Luna said, adding that a ample capableness mag was recovered astatine the scene.

Eyewitness: A assemblage opening to grieve

The Star Dance Studio has go the focal constituent for Monterey Park arsenic a assemblage begins to grieve. At regular intervals people, young and old, travel to laic flowers astatine the beforehand door.

Since it opened 30 years agone it has been a spot wherever radical are taught each antithetic styles of dance, including ballroom, waltz and samba by highly qualified instructors, immoderate of them champions successful their discipline.

Most of the radical who trained present are retirees successful their 50s, 60s and 70s, including Jenny, who has been coming present for respective years.

"I was going to beryllium present connected Saturday nighttime but due to the fact that it was New Year I had a meal with my family," she says. "I woke up connected Sunday to hundreds of texts saying 'are you ok? Are you alive?'"

One of those killed successful the shooting was a long-time teacher astatine the studio, a antheral known arsenic Mr Ma.

"It was a precise family-oriented spot due to the fact that Mr Ma treated america arsenic household members and champion friends," says Jenny, who declined to springiness her surname. "We truly similar to travel present to creation and to socialise to get to cognize people. It is bully due to the fact that it keeps america acceptable and healthy. I americium trying not to deliberation astir what happened due to the fact that I americium truthful sad."

Lauren Woods, a Tango instructor, saw Mr Ma for the last clip connected Saturday day arsenic galore radical celebrated the Lunar New Year successful Monterey Park.

"I got to spot Ma for the past clip arsenic helium helped maine find parking since the Monterey Park streets were packed successful solemnisation to the Lunar New Year festivities," she wrote connected Facebook. "I volition ever retrieve Mr Ma and the mode we communicated to each other.

"His English was not great, but he'd ever say, 'My teacher! My teacher!' Always buss my cheeks and accidental 'Love You! Love you!' He was truthful adorable to maine and I could archer helium was the bosom of Star Ballroom."

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Image: A fishy is arrested aft a wide shooting astatine 2 locations successful the coastal bluish California metropolis of Half Moon Bay. Pic: ABC affiliate KGO via Reuters

Seven killed successful Half Moon Bay shooting

Meanwhile, a fishy is successful custody aft 7 radical were killed successful 2 related shootings astatine a mushroom workplace and a trucking steadfast successful a coastal assemblage southbound of San Francisco.

Officials said 4 radical were killed astatine the workplace and 3 astatine the trucking concern connected the outskirts of Half Moon Bay, a metropolis astir 30 miles southbound of San Francisco.

The constabulary person arrested 67-year-old Zhao Chunli successful transportation with the shooting.

It was not instantly wide however the locations were connected, though it is believed the fishy worked for 1 of the businesses.

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