Mother of 2 found shot to death inside vehicle near Mission Bend

By Sophia Beausoleil - Reporter , Sofia Ojeda - Anchor/Reporter

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas - Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office deputies are asking for the public's help in finding the person who shot and killed a single mother of two Tuesday night inside her car.

Lieu Nguyen, 39, leaves behind an 11-year-old son and a 8-month-old boy. 

"Based on my background and my impression, very nice young woman, worked insurance agency just trying to raise her two children," Detective Scott Minyard, with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, said.

Minyard said Nguyen left her job around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, went the grocery store and was traveling South on Beechnut and Addicks Clodine. 

"Early indicators of witness statements and some video we believe that there was some type of altercation on the roadway and an unknown subject fired at her vehicle and she was struck multiple times," Minyard said.

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He said Nguyen was able to pull over near the intersection of Bissonnet and Addicks Clodine and call her 8-month-old son's father.  By the time he and deputies arrived, she had already died in the driver's seat of her Toyota Camry.

The only suspect information the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office has that the suspect was in a mid-sized, dark-colored passenger car. Detectives also don't know if it was just a single suspect.

"It's the very early stages of the investigation so we don't have a lot of information for you, but that's what we know now," Minyard said.  

They don't have a motive, and while road rage is at top of mind, they're not ruling out other possibilities and asking the public for any type of information. 

"You could speculate one hypothesis is it's a road-rage incident, right now we don't have any indicators that she was followed or actively targeted at this time," Minyard said.

Detectives said they are combing through the area and have located several homes and business that have surveillance cameras. 

They were also able to find a witness who heard the gunfire and another who claims he saw what happened while he was outside his home in the garage.  

"We have another gentleman, whose rendition of the incident, that he actually saw it happen, he saw it occurred but we haven't officially interviewed him. I don't want to go into too much detail about that," Minyard said.

Detectives wouldn't say how many shell casings were collected, but it was less than a dozen. 

No arrests have been made and the motive for the shooting is under investigation.

If you have any information that leads to an arrest, you could receive $5,000 from Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers.  To leave an anonymous tip, call 281-342-8477. 

Detectives are also asking for family and friends to help with the investigation.

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