Ex-Gambling Boss Shot, Killed in Restaurant

Published June 26, 2003 by OCR Editor

Ex-Gambling Boss Shot, Killed in Restaurant

Chris Huie, the convicted former head of one of the most active Chinese gambling organizations, was shot and killed as he ate at a restaurant in Oakland's Chinatown, authorities said Wednesday.

Huie, 31, of Oakland was sitting inside the Legendary Palace at 708 Franklin St. when someone outside the restaurant opened fire at about 11:50 p. m. Tuesday, police said. Huie was pronounced dead at Highland Hospital at 12:19 a.m. Wednesday. The assailant escaped. No one else inside the restaurant was injured.

Huey was convicted two years ago for running a bookmaking operation from his home. He probably was not killed at random- "He was definitely the intended target," said Oakland homicide Lt. Jim Emery.

Huie was on probation following a no-contest plea in 2001 for felony bookmaking as a result of an Oakland police investigation. He was also convicted in 1997 in federal court of conspiracy to assist in the illegal entry of aliens. In that case, federal prosecutors accused him of participating in a "large-scale international alien smuggling operation" after two boatloads of Chinese citizens came ashore on the West Coast.

Oakland police arrested Huie in October 2001 after officers seized $35,000 from his bedroom closet and evidence of bookmaking, including audiotapes, sports journals and horse racing betting slips, according to court records.

Also, $9,000 more was recovered at a parlor for mah-jongg and 13-card poker located above a bakery on the 300 block of Ninth Street in Oakland's Chinatown, When he was arrested, Huie claimed he was a self-employed construction worker. He blurted to an officer, "You never told me I couldn't keep the gambling parlor open. I'm only a small-time bookie," according to a report written by Officer Robert Chan of the gang unit.

Records seized from Huie's home on East 25th Street showed that people bet anywhere from $100 to $5,000 per game on whatever sports were in season. "It's obvious that Chris Huie is involved in a large-scale and well-organized illegal bookmaking operation," Chan wrote.

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