It was dark on October 27, 1979, when the car arriving from Paris came to a stop in the parking lot of the HLM du Pont de Marot housing estate, in the center of Villeneuve-sur-Lot. On board the vehicle, Robert Luong-Nhu-Truat, house painter and decorator, 39 years old, married and father of two children, as well as his sister, Marie-Thérèse. The driver gets out of the car, notices that the street light ne doesn’t work but sees out of the corner of his eye two men walking in his direction. Despite the late hour – it is 10:50 p.m. – Luong is not alarmed: the walkers seem calm, probably neighbours.
Robert Luong collapses, shot in the face, as attackers walk away
When the strangers join him, he nevertheless jumps and exclaims: “What more do you want from me? “Before launching to his sister, panicked: “Run away and get down! Marie-Thérèse, who will testify that she saw the men’s faces very briefly and that they were “European”, barely has time to lean under the dashboard. Two shots ring out. Robert Luong collapses, shot in the face, as the attackers walk away.
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In the apartment, the femme of the painter, Liliane, heard the gunshots. Intrigued, she asks her son Félix, 11, to go and see what is happening from the balcony. The boy recognizes his father’s car then sees him lying on the ground and first thinks it’s a joke. The wife has already understood. She runs down the stairs four by four and runs towards the car, around which a few neighbors have already started to crowd, panicked. They see an orange Renault 5 slowly coming up the street alongside the parking lot before disappearing. Robert Luong lies face down in a pool of blood. The police will find on the scene a case of .32 Winchester ammunition, a common caliber suitable for many revolvers and rifles.