January 15, 2012 - **NOTE TIME AND LOCATION OF INVESTIGATOR MEDIA AVAILABILITY**
Investigators in the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division have released a composite sketch of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man in the 5000 block of La Branch about 9:20 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2012.
The victim, David Nguyen, 60, of Houston, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and was transported to a local hospital where he died the next day (Jan. 1).
The suspect is described only as a black male in his 30s to 40s, about 5 feet 9 inches, with a stocky, muscular build. A composite sketch of the suspect is attached to this news release.
Mr. Nguyen was arriving home when he observed a robbery in-progress inside his gated community. The suspect, upon seeing Nguyen, attempted to rob him as well, and then shot him before fleeing the scene.
Nguyen's family, in a statement provided to HPD, requested not to be contacted by the media, but did ask for the public's help in finding his killer.
"Our family would appreciate any tips regarding the crime that took place on the evening of New Year's Eve in the Museum District neighborhood. Because of what happend on that night, our family has lost a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle. He was truly an inspiration to his family, friends, and community. Your help could provide some much needed justice and prevent another family from enduring this painful and difficult loss," the Nguyen family statement read.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect or about this incident is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
At 2 p.m. TODAY (Tuesday, Jan. 15), a homicide investigator will be available to answer questions regarding this case in the first floor media briefing room at HPD Headquarters, 1200 Travis.
NOTE: REPORTERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS MUST ENTER THE BUILDING THROUGH THE PUBLIC ENTRANCE AT 1200 TRAVIS, GO THROUGH THE METAL DETECTORS AND PRESENT A VALID IDENTIFICATION.
For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.