40-year-old Trinh Huynh, an Atlanta-area attorney, was shot multiple times at close range at approximately 7:40 a.m. on Monday, April, 3. The incident occurred at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Peachtree Place.
Atlanta police were able to obtain a visual on the shooter via surveillance video from area businesses. The shooter is described at a white or Hispanic male, roughly 6 feet tall, dressed in a dark hoody and dark blue shorts. A photo of the shooter was released on local news stations.
According to local new outlets, the intersection was filled with pedestrians and drivers. Among the eyewitnesses was street sweeper Toney Booker. He said the Huynh was holding a purse, gym bag, and a lunch bag at the time of the shooting.
She was crossing the road, and he draws out his gun and shoots her three times," said Booker. "She drops, and he takes off running.Booker also stated that he could not believe that the incident occurred in broad daylight in one of midtown Atlanta's busiest areas, just up the street from a MARTA station and near several businesses. Witnesses performed CPR until emergency medical responders arrived. Huynh was then taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where she passed away from her injuries.
During a press conference yesterday, Atlanta police Lt. Ricardo Vazquez stated, "The victim was possibly walking toward MARTA."
When a reporter asked if the shooting appeared to be a random act of violence or if possibly others were in danger, Vazquez responded, "At this point in time, we definitely believe that she was the target. Why she was the target, we do not know that yet."
Huynh came to the United States as a Vietnam refugee. She graduated from Gainesville High School, was also a Princeton graduate, and was employed as an attorney at UPS.
A representative from the company stated, “UPS was saddened to hear of the death of one of our corporate attorneys, Trinh Huynh, who joined the company last summer. We will cooperate with the Atlanta Police Department through its investigation.”
At this time the shooter is still at large.
Atlanta police have arrested Raylon Browning in connection with the murder of Trinh Huynh. Browning, 39, was also wanted for aggravated assault. Allegedly, he stabbed two men on Sunday, April 2. Both men are currently in stable condition.
At 9 p.m. Monday night, Browning was pulled over for running a red light in Cobb County wearing the same clothes from the shooting, which led to his arrest.
The Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association is hosting a registration only candlelight vigil for Huynh at The 999 Building on the evening of Thursday, April 6.