Little Saigon Gangster Shoots People & Thinks He Deserves Wrist Slap
R. Scott Moxley (OC Weekly) | October 3, 2013
A group of young Asian American adults stood in the parking lot of a Little Saigon Mexican restaurant in Sept. 2008, puffed their chests, mad dogged each other and angrily screamed their opposing criminal street gang affiliations.
“V Boys!” some yelled.
“Cadillac Boyz!” the rivals yelled.
“Asian Gang!” still others yelled.
Cadillac Boyz member Jim Hoang Tran retrieved a gun and handed it to Steven Phung Nguyen, who fired warning shots into the ground in hopes of winning respect.
“Do you want to get blasted?” Nguyen said.
The V Boys weren’t impressed and continued to yell their gang affiliation, which prompted an unnerved Nguyen to shoot one of the rivals in the leg and another in the chest.
A 2012 Orange County jury agreed that Nguyen committed two counts of attempted voluntary manslaughter and did so for the benefit of a gang.
Superior Court Judge Francisco P. Briseno sentenced the defendant to prison.
But Nguyen appealed his convictions, arguing that the shooting was an act originating in the heat of passion and not a thoughtful move to improve the street credibility of Cadillac Boyz (a.k.a. “Caddy Lost Boyz”).