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Here’s what we know about Monterey Park gunman Huu Can Tran

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MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (KABC) — The man who shot 20 people and killed 11 of them at a dance studio in Monterey Park has been identified as Huu Can Tran, a 72-year-old Riverside County man.

Who was Tran? Here’s what we know so far:

Law enforcement sources told ABC News that Tran had no known criminal record.

Friends and acquaintances describe him as a quiet man who didn’t get along well with many people and quickly became angry. But neither could they recall him ever becoming physically violent.

He was a regular at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio where filming took place.

He also attended the Lai Lai Ballroom and Studio in Alhambra, where he showed up after the Monterey Park shooting. At the Alhambra studio, a man wrestled a gun from Tran as he walked through the door and he fled uninjured.

Investigators were able to trace the semi-automatic weapon left in the Alhambra to find out the suspect’s name, sources told CNN.

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Records indicate that Tran worked as a professional trucker for at least 20 years and briefly ran his own trucking company.

He was CEO of a San Gabriel-based company called Tran’s Trucking, Inc. But it didn’t last long. Records show that the company was founded in 2002 but dissolved in 2004.

Trans former wife, who asked not to be named, told CNN she met him at the Star Ballroom about 20 years ago. Tran introduced herself to a dance and offered her free lessons. They married soon after.

She said Tran has a short temper, although he is not violent. If she made a mistake while dancing, he would get upset, thinking it would make him look bad, she recalled.

According to court records, Tran filed for divorce in 2005.

Tran was an immigrant from China, according to documentation on his marriage certificate shown to CNN.

A former renter and longtime acquaintance of Tran’s told ABC News that he was a regular at the dance studios in Monterey Park and Alhambra.

Tran liked to dance but was slow to make friends and seemed a bit of a loner.

He said Tran “distrusts everyone” and has a personality that exhibits paranoia and “hatred of people.”

“I wouldn’t say he was aggressive, but he just wasn’t great with people.”

He offered free studio classes to women, which made him unpopular with the paid staff.

“It probably made the trainers unhappy,” he said. “I think there was tension between Tran and those instructors.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has executed a search warrant on a trans mobile home in a retirement community in Hemet. Records show that he previously owned a home in San Gabriel and sold it in 2013 after owning it for more than two decades.

Hemet Police say Tran visited the department lobby on January 7 and 9 this year. He made allegations of fraud, theft and poisoning of his family in the Los Angeles area 10 to 20 years ago, the department said. He said he would return with documentation supporting his claims, but he never showed up again.

Information from ABC News, Associated Press and CNN was used in this report.

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