Camden Courier-post – March 12, 2003
By Tom Lounsberry, Courier-Post Staff
A 40-year-old city man surrendered to police and was charged Tuesday in an East Camden shooting that left two men dead and a woman critically injured. A running dispute between Binh Thach, 40, of the 2600 block of Cramer Street, and other residents of a boarding home led to the shootings early Monday morning, police said.
Thach surrendered to Camden Police about 11:30 a.m. He was charged with the shooting death of Son Do, 31, of the boarding home. Thach is also charged with the murder of Tam Nguyen, 35, another boarding home resident. Thach was being held Tuesday night in the Camden County Jail in lieu of $1 million full cash bail. He was to be arraigned today in Superior Court on the murder charges.
Tam Nguyen was found dead inside the home near a vestibule. Do, who was in a hallway near the living room, died at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center in Camden while undergoing emergency surgery. Loan Nguyen, 26, who was rescued after the shooting, was listed in critical condition Tuesday in Cooper’s intensive care unit after undergoing emergency surgery. Loan Nguyen, no relation to Tam Nguyen, fled to the basement after being shot in the chest. A small fire was started in the basement about the time of the shooting, authorities said. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze and Loan Nguyen was rescued.
Police responding to a report of a man shot at the address about 8 a.m. found several people fleeing the home. They were stopped and taken into custody for questioning. All were later released. A neighbor, Tung Nguyen, said he did not know the victims, but that people came and went at the home and that there was a lot of noise from the home.