Atlanta lawyer, Trinh Huynh, was shot several times in midtown , during rush hour on Monday morning
Huynh, 40, was shot as she walked on Peachtree Place about 7:40 a.m. Monday, police said the killing was a ‘targeted hit’
Surveillance footage captured the alleged shooter approaching the victim and leaving the area.
Police arrested Raylon Browning for the shooting, Monday night
39-year-old Browning was stopped by police after running through a traffic light
He was caught on CCTV acting calm before and after the shooting, cops said
Authorities are yet to establish the connection between the victim and the assassin
Huynh, a childhood refugee from Vietnam, was a lawyer for UPS who did free work for sex trafficking victims
Police have arrested 39-year-old Raylon Browning (photo) over the fatal shooting of Trinh Huynh in Atlanta on Monday morning in what authorities described as a ‘targeted killing’
The 40-year-old UPS lawyer was shot several times at a busy intersection in midtown Atlanta shortly after 7:30am.
Police arrested Browning over the shooting on Monday night after he drove through a red light in nearby Cobb County, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Trinh Huynh an attorney who worked at UPS, volunteered her time working for free with victims of sex trafficking.
Deputy Chief Darryl Tolleson said the 39-year-old was also wanted on assault charges stemming from a separate incident on Sunday, where he allegedly stabbed two people.
The officers did not know Browning was a suspect in Huynh’s murder when they arrested him, the Journal-Constitution reports. Police later found what is believed to be the murder weapon in his car.
Trinh Huynh was shot dead on Monday morning during rush hour. Her killer was seen in CCTV footage [photo]. When Ralon Browing was arrested he was still wearing the same shirt and shorts
The arrest comes after CCTV footage showing the man – believed to be Browning – in the moments directly before and after the shooting on Huynh.
‘We definitely believe that she was a target,’ Lt. Ricardo Vazquez said. ‘Why she was a target, we do not know that yet.’
The man was spotted walking down Peachtree Place to the junction of Peachtree Road, where he shot Huynh in the back before fleeing the way he came.
‘I look up and see the woman, she just drops in the crosswalk bleeding,’ witness Toney Booker told Fox 5 Atlanta.
Police activity at the downtown intersection where Huynh was fatally shot on Monday morning
Police believe Huynh was targeted although they aren’t sure why. She had performed free work for sex trafficking victims, among others
‘She’s clutching her wound trying to keep pressure, and then she went unresponsive, So civilians run out to her and give her chest compression’s to bring her back, while they’re applying pressure.’
She was pronounced dead later, at Grady Memorial Hospital.
‘The killer didn’t talk to Huynh before he killed her – suggesting that the killing was ‘targeted’ – police said, earlier this week.
‘We see him following her in another piece of video,’ Vazquez said. ‘There was another person in that intersection and it appears that he specifically targeted her.’
He added that the killer was unusually calm throughout.
A connection between the shooter and Huynh hasn’t yet been established, Vazquez said.
After Trinh Huynh was shot was shot dead on Monday morning, during rush hour, the killer was seen on CCTV footage, casually leaving the scene
Huynh was as an in-house lawyer at UPS who had previously worked at law firms Powell Goldstein and Alston & Bird, Law.com reported.
Outside of work, she traveled extensively and was active in both pro bono legal work and volunteering.
Huynh was a member of the Georgia Asylum and Immigration Network, which provides free legal services to immigrant victims of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault and other crimes
Trinh Huynh came to the US in 1979 [photo right], as a child immigrant from Vietnam, and went on to graduate from Princeton.
The 40-year-old was born in Saigon, Vietnam, but came to America as a child immigrant. She graduated Princeton University in 1998 and Emory University School of Law in 2004.
In a January Facebook post, Huynh put up a childhood picture of herself that was taken at a refugee camp on Galang Island in Indonesia in 1979, after her family had fled Vietnam.
‘We left under the cover of darkness, uncertain of where our tiny boat would drift and how long it would be seaworthy, uncertain if we would see land again,’ she wrote.
‘This is the face of a refugee. I am proud of my refugee status. I am thankful for the opportunities this wonderful country has afforded me and my family.
‘I would not be here if the State of Georgia and this country had closed their doors and hearts to my family. I think this great state and the US have more love to give.’