GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas—UPDATE: Sunday Grand Prairie Media Release
GRAND PRAIRIE POLICE DEPARTMENT
Date: July 24, 2011
Contact: Detective John Brimmer
Birthday Party Turns Deadly
Grand Prairie--On July 23, 2011 at 7:10 p.m., Grand Prairie Police were notified of a shooting at the Roller World Skating Rink located at 1900 S. Great Southwest Pkwy. Officers arrived on scene a short time later and upon entry, located five deceased subjects, a sixth subject (suspect) with a gunshot wound to the head, and four other victims with non-life threatening injuries.
The Grand Prairie Fire Department EMS arrived, treated the wounded and transported the injured to area hospitals.
The investigation revealed that a private birthday party was taking place when an adult male began shooting. It was determined that the male, later identified as Tan Do (35 yoa), and his estranged wife identified as Trini Do (29 yoa), were hosting the party for one of their two children. The couple had been involved in ongoing martial problems and it is believed that this led to the shooting. Trini Do was among the deceased.
The other four deceased victims include: two sisters of Trini Do, identified as Lynn Ta (16 yoa) and Michelle Ta (28 yoa); a brother of Ms. Do, Hien Ta (21 yoa); and Ms. Do's sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen (25 yoa). It appears the suspect targeted his estranged wife and her family members. The two children of the couple were unharmed and are with other family members at this time.
The suspect, Tan Do, was transported from the scene to the hospital where he was pronounced dead from an apparent single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
There were approximately 30 friends and family members attending the private party at the time of the shooting and the business was not open to the public at the time. The employees working at the time of the shooting were not injured. The witnesses were transported to the Grand Prairie Police Department where they were interviewed. Grand Prairie PD Crisis Counselors and the Police Chaplain continue to work with the surviving victims, witnesses, and family members to assist in the healing process regarding this tragic event.
Six people are confirmed dead, including the gunman, four other people injured, after a shooting Saturday night at the Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to Grand Prairie police.
Grand Prairie Police Chief Steve Dye said at 7:10 p.m. the police department received calls of a shooting at the Forum Roller World at 1900 South Great Southwest Parkway.
Officers arrived moments later and found 10 people shot. Five of the victims were found dead. The gunman was also dead with an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound, according to Dye. Four others were injured and taken to area hospitals. Their conditions were not released.
Police said most if not all of the victims are Asian. Dye said the shooting was the result of some sort of domestic situation, possibly between a husband and wife.
Grand Prairie police officials said the shooting happened at a private birthday party. Dye would not speculate on how many people were inside the rink at the time of the shooting. No children were involved in the shooting, and no employees were injured, according to a spokesman for the department.
The Grand Prairie police are offering crisis counselors to the victims, the families of the victims and witnesses.