New details of bloody rampage at Grand Prairie rink

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by JONATHAN BETZ

WFAA

Posted on July 24, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 26 at 10:41 AM

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GRAND PRAIRIE — A Grand Prairie roller rink reopened Sunday afternoon, just hours after a man killed his wife and four of her family members before taking his own life.

The violence erupted near the end of a private birthday party for Tan Do's 11-year-old son.

Witnesses said Do organized the party at Forum Roller World, 1900 South Great Southwest Parkway, and even helped set up the decorations.

Nearly 30 people were at the rink for what was supposed to be a celebration.

But about 90 minutes after the party started, police said Tan Do, 35, opened fire. Witnesses said he was angry at his wife, Trini Do, for wanting to leave him.

Investigators said he clearly targeted his wife and her family.

"It was so fast. It probably felt like 10 or 15 minutes' worth and it was probably less than a minute and 15 seconds," said skating rink owner Walt Hedrick. "There was nothing anyone could do."

Trini Do, 29, was killed. The other victims included two of her sisters, Lynn Ta, 16, and Michelle Ta, 28; a brother, Hien Ta, 21; and Ms. Do's sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen, 25.

Four others were injured.

During the rampage, witnesses said Tan Do jumped on the counter and had time to reload his weapon before shooting and killing himself.

"When the officers got here, I told them which way to go... he'd already shot himself," Hedrick said.

It is a time of deep concern in the Vietnamese community, and many are especially worried for the child who witnessed his father kill his mother and four others on his birthday.

E-mail jbetz@wfaa.com

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