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Incident at 8935 Veterans Memorial

June 16, 2006 -- Houston police homicide investigators hope a $10,000 reward from Schepps Dairy will assist them in obtaining more information on two unknown suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a store owner at 8935 Veterans Memorial about 10:30 a.m. on Thursday (June 15).

The victim, Thi Viet Nguyen, 49, of 9915 Milda Drive, received a gunshot wound to the chest and died at the scene.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant W.P. Booth and Officer A.D. Brown reported:

Two black male suspects entered the Happy Food Store at 8935 Veterans Memorial while dressed in all black with their faces covered. One suspect pointed a gun at the victim while the second grabbed the victim's wife and forced her to the cash register. After she opened the register and the safe, one of the suspects began going through the contents of each. At this time, the couple's 11-year-old son, who was also in the store ran from behind the counter. When the second suspect and the victim started arguing, the victim's wife heard two gun shots. The suspects took money and cigarettes before leaving the store in a white car with no license plates. Paramedics were called and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.

Witnesses followed the suspects and found their vehicle abandoned several blocks away. The two suspects are described only as black males, in their early 20s dressed in all black. The vehicle was recovered and found to be stolen in a previous robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

GO/DC/JFC 6-16-06
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