Haing S. Ngor, a refugee doctor who won an Oscar in 1984 for his portrayal of a Cambodian journalist in "The Killing Fields," was shot to death outside his home. He was 45.
It wasn't immediately known whether Ngor had been the target of the attack, and police refused to release further details. Officers removed his body from the scene early Monday.Ngor was shot apparently as he arrived at his home in Chinatown, which has been increasingly plagued by crime in recent years. He was found Sunday at about 8:45 p.m. near his vehicle.
Ngor won the best supporting actor Academy Award for his portrayal of Dith Pran, an aide to a New York Times correspondent during the Vietnam War who was imprisoned by the brutal Khmer Rouge regime and then escaped. He later become a photographer.
A Cambodian refugee and doctor, Ngor was the first non-professional to win an Oscar for acting since Harold Russell in 1946 for "The Best Years of Our Lives."