Good Guys hostage crisis remembered 20 years later

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Good Guys store front during the hostage crisis
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Timeline of events during the crisis:

   - 1:33 p.m.: 911 calls start coming into the Sacramento County dispatch from employees in the Good Guys Electronics store
   - 2:50 p.m.: Police deliver first bulletproof vest to the front of the store.
   - 8:54 p.m.: A male hostage is shot in the leg, crawls out of the store and is taken to safety.
   - 9:45 p.m.: Police deliver second bulletproof vest to the front of the store
   - 9:51 p.m.: SWAT sniper fires through the door at a gunman
   - 9:52 p.m.: The gunmen fire at the hostages, killing three and injuring nearly a dozen

SACRAMENTO, CA.- It has been 20 years since the April 4, 1991 deadly hostage crisis at the Good Guys! Electronics store in south Sacramento.

The deadly siege brings back chilling memories for thousands of people who watched the drama unfold live on television. For those who covered the story in the media or the more than 100 officers who helped out that night, it was even more vivid.

Four young Vietnamese refugees stormed the Good Guys store on Stockton Boulevard. Armed with handguns and a shotgun, they herded 40 hostages inside the store and held them for eight and a half hours.

The gunmen made demands for millions of dollars, a military helicopter to transport everyone to Thailand, dozens of 1000-year old ginseng roots and bulletproof vests.

Sheriff's deputies eventually fired on the gunmen and took over.

When it was all over, three hostages and three gunmen were dead. The three hostages were shot and killed by Long Nguyen. The gunmen, including Long Nguyen, were killed by officer fire.

Nearly a dozen others were wounded.

The lone surviving gunman, Loi Khac Nguyen, Long Nguyen's brother, was convicted of murder, kidnapping, among other things after being tried in federal court.

The case was moved from Sacramento to San Francisco because of pre-trial publicity. Nguyen is now serving 41 consecutive life terms without the possibility of parole.


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