On December 29, 2014, 53-year-old Phu Lam an Edmonton area maintenance man went on a killing spree in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He shot to death eight people, including two children, most of whom were his relatives. He then committed suicide at a Vietnamese/Chinese restaurant, VN Express, in which he had a professional interest that allowed after hours access; the restaurant was located in Fort Saskatchewan, just Northeast of Edmonton. Lam had a criminal record dating back to 1987. On it were charges for drugs and violence related offences. At the time of the shooting, he was in bankruptcy proceedings and owed a large amount of money on at least a dozen credit cards due to a gambling problem. He had attended a recovery program for gambling addicts. Lam was arrested twice in Edmonton, for sexual and domestic assault. In November 2012, a complaint was filed against Lam after he threatened to kill his ex-wife Thuy Tien Truong and five other relatives. The final nail in the coffin I would believe here is when he found out his 8 year old son was not biologically his.
Lam killed seven relatives, including two children under the age of ten, in a house in north Edmonton. Lam then went into another house in the Haddow neighbourhood of Edmonton and killed Cyndi Duong. He then drove to Fort Saskatchewan where he entered a Chinese/Vietnamese restaurant, where he had after hours access in order to complete kitchen repairs, and committed suicide by shooting himself.
Lam had emigrated from Vietnam in 1979 and was visiting his home country when he met Truong in a coffee shop in 2000. They married six months later and she came to Canada in 2003. He sponsored her family to come as well in 2009.
Truong said in a 2012 application for an emergency protection order that her husband became very insecure and controlling shortly after she landed here. Lam changed her phone number because he didn’t want her to have any friends at all. He wanted to choose her clothes. He didn’t want her to work, but she got a job anyway. Then he smacked her. Once, he choked her so hard she thought she was going to die, she said. He threatened to kill her if she called police. Truong said in the document she was so unhappy she once had sex with another man. Lam became suspicious and ordered a DNA test that proved that their son, Elvis, was not his. Lam really wanted to “actually kill off her whole family and he was going to look for a gun, but no one was stupid enough to give him one,” a court interpreter said while translating Truong’s testimony during an emergency protection hearing.
- Klarvatten house: Phu Lam’s wife, Thuy-tien Truong (known as Tien Truong), 35, and her eight-year-old son, Elvis Lam; her father Van-dang Truong, 55; her mother, Thi-dau Le, 55; her sister, Thanh-ha-thi Truong (known as Ha Truong), 33; her sister’s daughter, Valentina Nguyen, 3; Viet Nguyen, 41, Tien Truong’s male friend.
- Haddow house: Cyndi Duong, 36.