Man arrested in deadly shooting at Vietnamese cafe in Phoenix

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By Natalie Flanzer By Natalie Flanzer

PHOENIX – Police have made an arrest in a deadly shooting at a Vietnamese café in Phoenix.

Officers were call to the scene near 36th and Northern avenues at about 6 p.m. Sunday.

When they arrived, officers found Yoong Phomhom lying in the parking lot. The 28-year-old had been shot and apparently run over. He was taken to a local hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.

According to police, the suspect in the case, who has been identified as Ken Van Pham, turned himself in several hours later.

With the help of witnesses, homicide detectives determined that Phomhom and Pham were involved in an altercation at the restaurant. That argument stemmed from an early encounter between Phomhom and Pham’s brother.

The situation escalated when Pham allegedly pulled a gun and fired at Phomhom, who tried to run through the parking lot.

Badly wounded, Phomhom collapsed as he tried to get away.

Sgt. Steve Martos of the Phoenix Police Department said Pham, 21, then left the scene, running over Phomhom as he backed out of a parking spot.

Several hours later, Pham surrendered to Glendale police. Detectives from Phoenix took Pham into custody to question him about the shooting.

Martos said Pham will be transferred to the Maricopa County Jail and booked on a charge of first-degree murder some time Monday morning.