A Chinese restaurant owner was murdered by a group of men in front of his home in Durham, North Carolina, on Sunday night.
The crime took place on 4600 Carlton Crossing Drive just after victim Hong Zheng, 42, closed his restaurant, China Wok, located at the intersection of S. Roxboro Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway.
His wife, Shirley Chan, said that returning home is always scary for the family, as they have been targeted before.
Zheng leaves behind his wife and two kids. Their daughter, Jade, told WRAL News:
“This is like a daily routine. Where I look out from out from the window from my brother’s room. And my brother is downstairs with the magazine and the gun separated, and handing it to my mom when she gets out the car first because robbery, break-ins, it’s happened more than once.”
Chan believes that the men who stood by their home on Sunday were looking for money. Their son grabbed a gun for her and she exchanged shots.
“I don’t have no money. If you want everything from my house, (take) it. Everything,” she told them.
Officers arrived at 11:15 p.m. and found Zheng dead in his driveway. A witness told CBS 17:
“You just cannot comprehend this happening in this neighborhood. We know there’s evil people in the world, and they don’t care where they do things. And, it’s interesting they didn’t try to rob them where there were a lot of people out. It was 11 o’clock at night. There’s rain. I think they just decided they’d take a great opportunity while no one was around.”
Chan remains grieving and bedridden after getting grazed by a bullet herself. For now, she wants her husband’s killer captured.
“I want people to help me find [the] bad guy,” she said.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call authorities at (919) 560-4440, ext. 29284 or Crime Stoppers at (919) 683-1200.