This past Monday 8 innocent people, 6 adults and 2 children were murdered in cold blood and then the murderer, Phu Lam; killed himself. You can read the news article here.
Apparently one victim, the murderer’s ex-wife was found at one location and the other 5 adults and 2 children were found massacred in another residence on the other side of town. Phu Lam was found dead in a nearby town, Fort Saskatchewan; in a restaurant owned by another ex of his.
The police had been called to the house earlier in the evening because someone was concerned about a suicidal man, but when the police arrived the man had left. They went back later but no one answered the door and they couldn’t see anything through the windows. When they received another call from a neighbor saying they had heard shots fired the police returned and kicked the door down, finding the horrific scene. Shortly after they were called to Fort Saskatchewan because the suspect’s vehicle was parked outside a restaurant there, inside they found the body of Lam who had obviously taken his own life.
From recent news reports I have heard on the radio there was a history of domestic abuse between one of the victims and Lam. Lam had threatened to kill his wife and her family and she had gotten a protection order against Lam in 2012. The order was rescinded in 2013 when neither Lam or the victim showed up in court.
The victim had testified in 2012 that Lam had choked her until she thought she was going to die, threatened to kill her and her family and stalked her. Neighbors said they heard a man and woman outside fighting and heard yelling coming from the house but the man did not live there. Apparently a woman, two children, and a grandmother lived in the home, I don’t know who the 5th victim was, I think it was a sister.
The gun Lam used was registered in BC in 1996 and stolen in Surrey in 2006. Anyone can get a gun, just because they don’t own a gun does not mean they can’t get one and if someone is determined to kill someone; there are many ways to do it. Never allow yourself to have a false sense of security just because your abuser doesn’t own a gun.
The police were called to the house two times, once in November 2012 and Lam was charged with sexual assault, domestic violence and uttering threats and then the night of the murder.
Never let your abusive ex in the house!!! no matter how much time has gone by. No contact is important for many reasons, not just for you to heal but also to keep you and your family safe and alive. Do not be a statistic!
This just goes to show, no matter how much time has gone by, you never know how long a psychopath will hold a grudge or when he will snap.
This is an update I recently heard on the radio. Apparently this killing spree went on for a couple of days. Lam had his two children with him at the time he committed the murders, a 10 month old and a child under the age of 2. He killed the 7 people in the house first and stayed in the house for several hours before going and killing a woman at another residence with her husband and children present. The news story said she was not the intended victim. Lam then dropped his children off with a relative and drove to Fort Saskatchewan, where he committed suicide.
Neighbors at the house said a car pulled in and a man got out, went in the house and came out looking very distraught. They saw him on the phone in the car and then the police arrived, went in the house, came out and talked to a woman in the car who then went hysterical and was screaming something about her children. The police took the woman away.