Vietnamese Canadian accused of mass murder in Edmonton

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Police tape cordons an area around the home where seven persons were found dead in Edmonton, Alberta, December 31, 2014. Photo credit: Reuters Police tape cordons an area around the home where seven persons were found dead in Edmonton, Alberta, December 31, 2014. Photo credit: Reuters

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A 53-year-old Vietnamese Canadian has allegedly committed suicide at a restaurant in Edmonton after killing eight people on Monday night.
The body of Phu Lam, who does maintenance work at VN Express restaurant, was found Tuesday morning at the restaurant. It appeared that he had committed suicide, CBC News reported.
On Monday night, six adults between ages 25 and 50 and two children under ten years old were found in two separate residences, the news site quoted police spokesman Scott Pattison as saying.
The victims were shot and killed including a Vietnamese-Canadian woman named Cyndi Duong, 37. The names of the others were not available.
Police have not revealed the relationship of the alleged murderer with the eight victims.
He is listed as the co-owner of the north Edmonton home where seven of the dead were found.
Chau Tran, the owner of the VN Express, the restaurant where Lam was found dead, told CBC News on Wednesday that she was his former common-law spouse.
She said that Lam had remarried, but she didn’t know anything about his new family.
Police said Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987, and used a stolen 9-mm handgun in what the police chief called "an extreme case of domestic violence."
"It was chaotic. It's horrific," CBC News quoted Knecht as saying. "This is a horrific event for the city … in my 39 years of policing, I've never seen anything like it."
He said the slayings were "planned and deliberate," and stressed there was no evidence of gang links.
Police are investigating the case.
 

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