A man figure, claims to be a longtime friend of the suspected mass shooter Huu Can Tran, and shared that the 72-year-old would present free dancing lesson at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterrey Park, Calif., where he would seek to find a dancing partner, but complained that the dancers weren’t to fond of him.
The news comes just as investigators continue to come across the motive behind Tran wanting to open fire at the dance studio Saturday night, taking the lives of killing 11 people and wounding nine, according to police.
The mystery friend that provided more information on the shooter decided to be nameless, as he spoke to The Associated Press and shared that “ran had offered to teach new women at both clubs how to dance for free so that he would have a partner after separating from his wife.
He added, “He always cast a dubious eye toward everything. He just didn't trust people at all," the friend said. "He always complained to me that the instructors... kept distance from him, and according to what he said, many people spoke evil of him."
According to CNN, Tran’s ex-wife said, "they married soon after they met at Star Ballroom, where he offered her free lessons as well. She said he would become upset if she missed a step dancing, but was never violent toward her."
The pair decided to divorce five years later, citing irreconcilable differences, Los Angeles Superior Court records show, and had no children.
Authorities only shared about Tran’s trucking company in Monterey Park from 2002 to 2004, according to California business records.
He was once arrested for unlawful possession of a gun in 1990 and had a limited criminal history, Los Angeles Sheriff Robert Luna said.
Sheriff’s deputies from Los Angeles County have searched Tran's home in a gated senior community in the town of Hemet, Calif., in Riverside County.
Luna said, officers found a .308-caliber rifle, an unknown amount of bullets and evidence he was making homemade firearm suppressors that muffle the sound of the weapons.
Tran had visited Hemet police twice this month to report he was the victim of fraud, theft and poisoning by family members a decade or two ago, Hemet police spokesperson Alan Reyes told The Associated Press.
Tran claimed he would return to the station with documentation but never did.
A neighbor of Tran’s in Hemet shared with Fox11 Los Angeles, that he "wasn't someone I'd be afraid of [and how he would be reserved and lived alone].