Kimtuyet Thi Le,
56, was shot at work by her estranged husband, Tu Le Ngo, 60. Police say
Ngo walked into the restaurante he and Kimtuyet co-owned and shot her
and two customers in the head at close range.
Kimtuyet came to
the United States from Vietnam with her husband in 1990. She had file
for divorce in 1999, was the case was later dismissed. The two hadn't
lived together since 1997. Ngo pleaded guilty and is serving three life
Gunman Kills 3 In Houston
Suspect's Daughter: Mom Was
July 31, 2002
HOUSTON -- A Houston man remained
behind bars Wednesday accused of opening fire inside his own Asian
restaurant, killing his wife and two customers, authorities said.
The shooting happened shortly
before 5 p.m. Tuesday at Kim Vietnamese Restaurant, 8200 Wilcrest Drive,
in southwest Houston.
Investigators told News2Houston
that Tu Ngo, 60, killed his wife, Kimtuyet Thi Le, 56, and customers
Polaris Nguyen, 44, and Nuoi Vinh, 50.
Witnesses said that the Ngo walked
in the restaurant and began shooting.
"Two victims in there tried to stop
the suspect," witness Joe Huynh said. "I heard the suspect warn that, 'If
you stop me. I will kill you, too.'"
Ngo made good on that threat,
witnesses said, shooting Nguyen and Vinh.
The two customers and Thi Le were
each shot at least twice in the head, police said.
Investigators said that the Ngo
surrendered and admitted to shooting his wife as police rushed into the
"(The suspect) walked up to the
officers, and placed a weapon on the ground, and surrendered immediately
to the responding officers," Houston Police Department spokesman Robert
Ngo was read his rights in English
and Vietnamese, and taken into custody, authorities said.
Witnesses said that marital
problems may have sparked the deadly shooting.
"The way I look at it, it was (jealousy),"
Detectives said that several
customers exited the restaurant when Ngo opened fire and are asking that
they contact police to provide information about the shootings.
Gunman's Daughter Speaks Out
Ngo's daughter spent Wednesday
cleaning up the mess left inside the restaurant owned by both her
Jenny Ngo told News2Houston that
she received a phone call from her father shortly after the shootings.
"My dad called me and he told me
that he killed my mom and somebody inside the restaurant," Jenny Ngo
She said that her father told her
to get to the restaurant quickly.
"When I (got) here, he tried to say
(he was) sorry to me," Jenny Ngo said. "He (was) sad and crying. And he
(told) me, 'Take care.'"
Ngo said that she received another
phone call from her father Wednesday, explaining what happened and
telling her about the customers that he shot for continuously failing to
pay their food bill.
"Yesterday, the same guy (came) in
and my dad tried to ask him (to) pay the money," Jenny Ngo said. "But he
(didn't) pay (and) tried to hit (my father)."
She said that's why she believes
her father may have shot the customers.
As for her mother's death, Jenny
Ngo said that she suspects her father may have accidentally killed her.
"And my mom tried to stop my dad,
but maybe that (was) an accident," she said. "I don't think my dad (wanted)
to kill my mom."