A suspect is under arrest in connection to the cold-blooded execution of an elderly man on a street in Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood, police said.
On Dec. 7, Woom Sing Tse, a 71-year-old retired restaurateur, was on his way to get a newspaper after having lunch with his wife when the driver of a light blue Toyota Scion pulled up and opened fire, Chicago police said surveillance video allegedly shows.
“You could see how startled he is,” Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan noted, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Tse was not struck in the initial volley of shots and attempted to flee the scene, but the driver again fired and hit him, WMAQ-TV reported. The individual then exited the vehicle, stood over the victim, shot him and drove away.
Witnesses were able to give police a description of the shooter’s vehicle as well as a license plate number and officers located and pulled the driver over on an expressway a short time later, police said.
Police arrested 23-year-old Alphonso Joyner without incident and allegedly recovered the murder weapon and an extended magazine in his vehicle.
“Chinatown is a very close-knit community,” said Grace Chan McKibben, Executive Director of the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community. “The Chinatown Chamber of Commerce has maintained a number of security cameras in the area, and we work closely with Chicago police, so whenever something like this happens, it’s devastating, but we’re grateful that it was solved quickly.”
Joyner faces charges of murder, aggravated use of a deadly weapon, and possession of a revoked firearm owner’s identification card.
“This senseless murder — we can’t comprehend it. We don’t know why,” the victim’s son, William Tse, reportedly said.
Law enforcement officials have not released a possible motive for the deadly shooting.
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