Patron shot at SJ Vietnamese restaurant

July 29, 2009 11:39:49 AM PDT
San Jose police are investigating a stunning murder; a gunman walked into a restaurant, opened fire and killed a patron in front of other customers.

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It happened Tuesday night at a Vietnamese restaurant in the 2100 block of Story Road.

There were plenty of witnesses who watched as a man was boldly shot and killed inside a restaurant. Police are interviewing some of those witnesses now, but also say many others scattered -- either because they were afraid or for other reasons. ABC7 couldn't reach the restaurant owners for more details. This restaurant remains closed for now.

"It's pretty casual, a lot of people from here go and eat there," said property owner Rigo Bracamontes.

The open sign is still on at the Bun Rieu Vietnamese restaurant on Story Road, but it's been shut since late Tuesday night, after someone opened fire, killing a customer inside. San Jose police say no one ever called 911 for help, but luckily an officer was nearby when the shooting happened.

"Last night at about 10:42, an officer in a marked patrol vehicle just happened to be driving down the street, being at the right place at the right time, and then she was flagged down in regards to a person down being inside the restaurant," said SJ police officer Jermaine Thomas.

Inside it was dinner-interrupted for many patrons -- with food and drinks still sitting on tables and people scattering, running away as police arrived.

"They located an Asian adult male who had suffered several gunshot wounds. Fire and paramedics arrived on scene, in which he was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead," said Thomas.

All morning long, crime scene investigators hauled away evidence. Police say it appears the one victim was targeted, but they still don't know the motive, or whether there were one or more shooting suspects. Surveillance video from cameras on a building next door may bring more answers.

Bracamontes has leased the building for a couple years now to the restaurant owners. He says that they're nice people, and he's never known there to be any problems at this east side business.

"I have nothing, nothing to be concerned about with them, so it's actually very surprising, very odd that somebody simply will walk in and committed a crime," said Bracamontes.

Once police get enough details on how many suspects and possible descriptions, they may release some of that information to help find the shooter, or shooters. Investigators are hoping other witnesses who ran off may call to give any leads and help them find out why this one man was killed.

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