Roller Rink Reopens After Deadly Shooting - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Roller Rink Reopens After Deadly Shooting



    Forum Roller World is open for business, ready to leave the horrible memories of Saturday in the past. (Published Sunday, July 24, 2011)

    Less than 24 hours after a gunman opened fire, killing five people then turning the gun on himself, Forum Roller World in Grand Prairie is back open.

    The gunman, Tan Do, 35, and his estranged wife, Trini Do, 29, had rented out the family-owned roller rink and were hosting a private birthday party for their 11-year old son when witnesses said Do pulled out a weapon and started gunning down members of his wife’s family.

    Walt Hedrick, the owner of the roller rink, said he'll think of the shooting every time he walks back into his business -- long after the bullet holes in the lockers have been repaired.

    “I thought it was balloons popping, but it wasn’t,” said Hedrick. “Just real quick, 'Bang, bang, bang' … that got my attention.”

    In the back of the rink, employee Jerell Zackery said Do was deliberate and focused as he shot people one by one.

    He said it appeared as if Do had a plan.

    “He pointed {the gun} at my friend. He pointed at him and told him to get down and shot. So he wasn’t trying to kill, like, random people. He had targets,” Zackery said.

    Investigators said Do killed his wife along with her two sisters, Lynn Ta, 16, and Michelle Ta, 28; her brother, Hien Ta, 21; and her sister-in-law, Thuy Nguyen, 25.

    Hedrick, who took cover in his office, said Do shot all of them several times.

    “There was multiple shots and then he came back by and made sure everyone was shot again,” Hedrick said.  “I don’t know how many times each one was hit, but there was two different shootings of each one.”

    Investigators said Do eventually turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head.

    Besides the deceased, four additional people were shot and taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

    Investigators said an 8-year-old girl was also grazed by one of the flying bullets. She is expected to be OK.