Sounding off as clear and quick as rain drops on a tin roof, bullets flew every which way through a north Stockton neighborhood on Nov. 10.
For most, it's only something seen in a movie where the good guys always win. But in Stockton, it's an all too common sound. For the Rith family, it's a sound they'll remember forever.
"Somebody called him, he picked up the phone," said Saroeun Rith. "The bullet hit him. He died right away. Just like that. He died right here. A lot of blood. He don't say nothing. Only blood come out."
Sor Rith, 57, died that night in his wife's arms after more than 50 bullets flew through their home. They were married 36 years.
"He was standing in his own home knowing that you're not safe in your own home – how's that make you feel," asked Sor's son, Sam. "How's it make the community feel knowing that you're not safe, in your own home, your children's out there is not safe, nobody is safe out there."
Sor is described by his family as being an inspiration. A handy-man who found work despite losing an arm to a land mine. A man who escaped with his family from a life of tyranny in Cambodia to pursue and eventually achieve the American Dream.
"He was very motivated, ambitious," said Chan Rith, Soar's other son. "For a man with one arm. When I look at my father it was like he was a very strong man. Ain't nobody can tell him that he can't do nothing."
Police are investigating the shooting.
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