A shootout in a Vietnamese cafe on 2800 Senter Road in San Jose, California, has left three people in the hospital. According to NBC sources, the shootout occurred during an armed robbery attempt. The suspects walked into the strip mall cafe just after 1:30 pm on Thursday, intending to rob the place. NBC sources said that someone in the cafe pulled a gun and that’s when the shootout occurred.
Surveillance video obtained by NBC from inside the cafe caught the shootout in progress. The video showed three men in black with body armor walking into the cafe with their guns out. Several customers were eating when the three men barged in. One customer was near the back of the store, near the cash register, while two customers were in the front.
When the three armed robbers passed the two customers in front, one of the customers exited the cafe, while the other started shooting. The robbers returned fire and a shootout occurred. Three men were taken to the hospital with one suffering from life-threatening injuries.
Police have not identified any of the suspects involved in the Vietnamese cafe shootout or arrested them. There have been a rising number of criminals who are wearing body armor in their crimes. The president of the police union, Sgt. Paul Kelly told NBC Bay Area that he is “concerned,” but not surprised. “We should be concerned for our community. Because someone to wear a kevlar vest, they’re planning, they know there is going to be violence, they know that they will potentially get in a shootout,” he said.