(Monterey Park) A 26-year-old man who managed to disarm a shooter who killed ten people and injured ten others on Saturday evening in a Californian nightclub told American media on Monday that he “believed he was dead” who called him ” hero”.
The man, identified as Brandon Tsay, was on Saturday evening at the Lai Lai Ballroom & Studio in the city of Alhambra – a different dance hall from where the carnage took place – when the shooter entered the busy establishment predominantly by an Asian population and that he 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 said he lunged at the man and grabbed the barrel of the gun, starting what he described as the “fight of his life”.
The young computer developer, whose grandparents founded the dance hall, was unaware that the shooter, identified by police as Huu Can Tran, had killed 10 people and injured ten others minutes earlier in a another property located in a neighboring area of Monterey Park.
CCTV footage released by ABC on Monday shows Brandon Tsay wrestling with the beanie-wearing shooter, with the weapon indistinguishable from the melee.
The young employee finally managed to grab it and immediately pointed it at the shooter, shouting “Go away, get the hell out of here,” he told the media.
He told ABC his belief that the man had not 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,” Mr 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 police.
Investigators were still looking for the motive for the shooting on Monday.