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    The first victim of the mass-shooting massacre has been identified as the owner of the ballroom studio - who heroically ran towards the gunman. Ming Wei Ma is one of ten people who were killed in the horrific massacre at the Star Dance Studio in Monterey Park, California, on Saturday night. Friends of the dance enthusiast have revealed that he was the first one to rush towards the gunman, Huu Can Tran, when he opened fire. Dozens of people had packed into the studio on Saturday night to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year.  Police say they have not yet defined a motive for the deadly shooting, but sources say Tran could have been hunting for his wife. Friends of dance enthusiast Ming Wei Ma, left, have revealed that he was the first one to rush towards the gunman, Huu Can Tran, when he opened fire Ma's friend, Eric Chen, told CBS: 'According to the chat, he was the first to rush the shooter. He was just caring, and other first, people first kind of person. 'It is heartbreaking and...
    A desperate daughter is still hoping to find her mother who has not been seen since a gunman opened fire in a California dance studio on Saturday night, killing ten people. Juno Blees said her father Jeff Liu was hospitalized with gunshot wounds after he and his wife Nancy went to the Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park to celebrate Lunar New Year. Mr Liu, 62, who was released from hospital yesterday, saw his wife, 63, collapse shortly after the attacker, Huu Can Tran, stormed into the crowded room and started firing indiscriminately. The family is still hoping she was taken to hospital without her ID card and they will be reunited. But she admitted: 'We are mentally preparing for the worst.'  Writing on Twitter, Ms Blees, a game producer, said: 'My dad got wounded and my mom is still missing. I don’t know what to think or say.' She later added: 'An update: My dad was discharged from the hospital with non-life-threatening wounds but we still haven’t found my mom.  'The last time my dad saw her was at the...
    A shooting during Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park, California, Saturday evening killed 10 people. The mass shooting also left 10 people injured and has left many with more questions than answers. Here is what we know about the Lunar New Year shooting. LA COUNTY SHOOTING: SUSPECTED GUNMAN WHO FATALLY SHOT HIMSELF IN VAN IDENTIFIED What happened? The shooting began at approximately 10:22 p.m. local time Saturday when the gunman opened fire at the Star Ballroom Dance Studio. The incident took place during a Lunar New Year celebration at the dance studio. The gunman allegedly traveled to a second dance studio but was disarmed before he could attack by the operator of the dance hall, per the New York Times. The gunman then fled and was at large for several hours. A gunman opened fire at a Los Angeles-area ballroom dance studio following a Lunar New Year celebration. Associated Press Who was the suspected gunman? Huu Can Tran, 72, is the man who police believe opened fire in the...
    An instructor at a ballroom dancing studio where a gunman opened fire during a Chinese Lunar New Year celebration last night has paid tribute to the ten killed and ten injured. Liana Bakhtiarova, who was not present at the time of the shooting, is a US ballroom champion and has ranked among the top 22 ballroom dancers in the world. 'A prayer for all the dear friends and colleagues involved in the mass shooting in Star Dance studio in Monterey Park,' she wrote on Instagram the morning after the deadly attack. 'What a sad day for our industry.' Bakhtiarova gives classes at the Chinese-owned Star Ballroom Dance Studio in Monterey Park in the 100 block of West Garvey Avenue, around seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Twenty minutes later another ballroom venue around three miles north was also targeted, but it is not yet clear if the incidents are connected. Nobody was injured in the second incident. Liana Bakhtiarova (right), an instructor at the ballroom dancing studio where a gunman opened fire during a Lunar New Year celebration last...
    The president and first lady shared their condolences for the victims of the Saturday night Lunar New Year mass shooting in that left 10 dead and another 10 injured at a California dance studio. President Joe Biden tweeted that he and his wife Jill were 'praying for those killed and injured' in the mass shooting, and noted he was closely monitoring the unfolding situation as cops continue searching for the shooter. Shortly on the heels of Biden's statement, Vice President Kamala Harris took to twitter Sunday afternoon to speak out against the 'senseless act of gun violence,' noting that she and her husband Doug were praying for the victims. The shooter unloaded a gun inside the Lai Lai Ballroom, about an hour after a nearby Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. It is not believed the weapon involved was an assault-style weapon as was previously reported. President Biden advised local residents to follow the direction of law enforcement as the search continues for the shooter.  'Jill and I are praying for those killed and injured in last night's deadly mass...
    It was back to business as usual for the new Mrs. Affleck as she headed to a dance studio following her weekend wedding to Ben Affleck. Jennifer Lopez, 52, sported a slick topknot and skintight leggings as she exited a luxury car and headed into the creative space in LA. It comes one day after she announced she had tied the knot with the actor and director, 49, on Saturday night in Las Vegas.  Back to work! It was back to business as usual for the new Mrs. Affleck as she headed to a dance studio following her weekend wedding to Ben Affleck The megastar, who hails from the Bronx, shielded her eyes in a pair of large dark sunglasses. She was dressed in a snug black sweatshirt with a hood and medium-sized hoop earrings. RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are 'planning a big wedding... Will the new Mr and Mrs Affleck defy the doubters - and... That Vegas wedding took a toll! Ben Affleck looks exhausted... ...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — One year after the COVID pandemic forced business owners to suddenly shut down, many are getting back on their feet now that some restrictions have been lifted. It was music to Jodi Schilling’s ears as students returned to her dance studio, Releve. READ MORE: Protesters Clash With Police Over Shut Down Of Echo Park Lake Homeless Camps, Several Arrested “We opened up inside last week and it was glorious, Schilling said. “I got teary-eyed to see all the children together again. It was touching.” Schilling built her studio in Northridge last year and opened the doors just three weeks before the pandemic forced them to close. When CBSLA’s Kristine Lazar asked, “During this pandemic, were there times you didn’t think you would make it to this day?” Schilling said, “Every month. Every month I thought I would lose my business.” Lazar talked to Schilling back in July of 2020 when she decided to turn her dance school into a learning pod for children who weren’t back to school. It was her last-ditch effort to save her...
    WOODLAND HILLS, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A woman behind a Southern California dance center would not let her students be disappointed this holiday season. Because of the pandemic, they can't do their annual performance of "The Nutcracker" on stage.So why not make it a movie?Toni Ricci is the owner and director of the Elite Dance and Performing Arts Center in Woodland Hills. It's now operating outdoors due to COVID-19. Ricci is making it work. The center, and the kids, are her babies."I don't have kids of my own. And this - I've struggled so hard in my life to get to where I am and they make it so worth it to me," said Ricci."She's basically like my crazy aunt. I grew up with her," said dancer Shealyn Brannon. "And aside from just like teaching me jazz and stuff, she's mentored me in life."Shealyn is also in this "Nutcracker" cast. Under normal conditions, they'd be doing this live on stage. But with the pandemic, their director opted for a soundstage instead to make their own movie."I'm a risk taker and...
    There's action all around town this weekend, including activities that you can experience in-person (a short film shown on the Clyfford Still Museum, a free showing of John Lewis: Good Trouble, both on October 8), and others that are virtual tours of the city (Doors Open Denver continues through October 15). Keep reading for ten of the best things to do in and around Denver this weekend: Color of Conversation American Film Festival: John Lewis: Good Trouble Thursday, October 8, 7 p.m. Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, 119 West Park Avenue Run&Shoot Filmworks, producer of the Color of Conversation African American Film Festival in Denver and the Martha's Vineyard African American Film Festival, is hosting a combined, two-part festival in partnership with Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Studio in honor of the dance troupe's fiftieth anniversary. This year's film fest focuses on racial justice, and films run all day through October 10; you can see many of them online, and Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble is also hosting evening showings. On October 8, it will be a free screening of...
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