Vietnam War Refugee Shot Multiple Times in Attempted Robbery of Sandwich Shop

Roast Beef

Kevan Tran, the owner of Penn Lake Roast Beef, is recovering in the hospital after being shot by a gunman in an attempted robbery last week.


What happened: Tran was reportedly closing his store in Penn Avenue South in Bloomington, Minnesota last Tuesday when an unidentified gunman confronted him in a robbery and fired shots at him, according to CBS Minnesota.

  • Tran ran to a nearby liquor store to ask for help after sustaining gunshot wounds in the hand and abdomen.
  • Tran told the employees there were two men who went inside his restaurant through the backdoor.
  • Employees of the liquor store immediately called 911 and transported Tran, who was in critical condition, to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC).
  • Tran came to America in 1988 to escape the Vietnam War and to have a better life, according to his niece Quach.
  • Upon arriving in the U.S., Tran worked for Wally’s Roast Beef in Bloomington for more than 20 years before he started his own business.

The aftermath: Tran’s family members have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help him in his recovery.

  • Tran was moved out of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of HCMC on June 20 but was put on bed rest as his liver injury is still healing.
  • The GoFundMe’s $20,000 goal was reached in less than 24 hours of its posting, according to Fox9.
  • The crowdfunding campaign has raised over $46,000 as of this writing.

Feature Image Screenshot via WCCO – CBS Minnesota

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