Camden Courier-Post – March 11, 2003
By Jason Nark, Courier-Post Staff
Someone fatally shot two men and critically wounded a woman, then set a fire before fleeing from a home in the Cramer Hill section Monday morning, authorities said.
Police discovered the victims about 8 a.m. after responding to a report of gunfire inside the powder-blue house in the 2600 block of Cramer Street. The officers also found a small fire in the basement, apparently set around the same time as the shootings. Firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which was contained to one room. Investigators had no motive or suspects, said Camden County Prosecutor Vincent P. Sarubbi.
One man was dead at the scene and the other died a short time later at a city hospital, Sarubbi said. The woman was in critical condition Monday night at Cooper Hospital/University Medical Center, Camden.
Authorities identified one murder victim as Son Do, 31, a resident of the house. The other man, who also lived at the home, was not identified pending notification of relatives. The woman, described as a part-time resident of the Cramer Street address, was not named because she is a potential witness. Police did not believe the shooter was one of the victims.
Behind yellow police tape, neighbors and residents gathered in a parking lot across from the house. Next-door neighbor Tung Nguyen said people regularly came and went at the house where the bodies were found. “I don’t know them. They were very noisy,” Nguyen said of his neighbors.
The owner of the house, Lan Ha, said a couple in their early 30s had moved in with her about three months ago. It was not immediately known if they were involved in the shooting. Ha said she left for work around 7 a.m., and a neighbor called her a short time later to tell her there was a problem at the house. “I don’t know what happened,” Ha said Monday morning, as she waited to see if she would be allowed back inside.
An acquaintance of Ha, Peter Tan, 24, of Woodlynne, said the building was primarily used as a boarding home. “She had a lot of complaints to the police,” said Tan. “I think it was a robbery.”