Wednesday, June 18, 2014

California: Two Suspects Shoot, Murder Vietnamese Immigrant in Near-Collision, Officer Raises $104,000 for Family

According to The Associated Press, two murderers have been charged in the shooting death of a Vietnamese immigrant during a road rage incident in Northern California that prompted one officer to raise more than $104,000 to help support the victim's family.

Fidadelfo Silva Ortíz, 17, and Daniel Alejandro Reyes, 23, both of San José, were arrested separately late last month on suspicion of shooting and killing Phuoc Hong Long Lam, 37, police said Monday (June 16). 

Ortiz was charged as an adult with homicide and Reyes was charged with an accessory to murder, prosecutor Stephen Poolos said.

Lam and the suspects got into a near-collision at a busy intersection not too far from the victim's home in San José's Little Saigon neighborhood, police said. 

When Lam exited his car to speak to the other driver, the suspects are accused of shooting him and fleeing.

Lam, a married father of two young children, later died at a local hospital. 

COMMENT: Thanks to tips, witness accounts and area surveillance video led investigators to arrest Reyes in Tracy on May 19 and Ortiz in Oakdale on May 23, Sgt. Heather Randol, a San José police spokeswoman said.

Police believe Lam and the suspects did not know each other, Randol said, adding that the arrests weren't announced sooner due to an ongoing investigation.

The incident in San José police officer Huan Nguyen's neighborhood led the dedicated officer to help Lam's widow, Dieu Huynh, and her seven-year-old and four-year-old sons, by creating a website to collect donations. 

So far, more than $104,000 has been raised, Officer Nguyen said Monday.

Nguyen said he told Lam's family about the arrests last month.

Ortiz and Reyes did not enter pleas during separate arraignment hearings last month in Santa Clara County Superior Court.

The suspects are due back in court July 22. 

This report will be updated as new information becomes available.