A former South Vietnamese housing official, denounced recently in Vietnamese newspapers in Orange County for "suggesting cooperation with the Marxist government (in Vietnam)," was shot and wounded near his Westminster real estate office, police said Wednesday.
Detectives said they have not determined a motive but have not ruled out the possibility that the shooting Tuesday night of Tran Khanh Van was an assassination attempt, extortion, robbery or a personal dispute.
"The motive is rather nebulous right now," Westminster Police Sgt. Bob Burnett said.
Van was shot in the stomach and shoulder. He "should be able to recover pretty good," Burnett said, adding, "But he was lucky."
He said Van, 40, of Santa Ana was in a parking lot when he scuffled with a young Vietnamese man. Four to six shots were fired from a handgun, before the man fled. So far, there are no witnesses.