DA: Drugs, money behind deadly gun battle in San Mateo home 

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Three gun-toting robbers who met a hail of gunfire after they stormed into a San Mateo home earlier this month were after drugs and money, prosecutors said.

Two of the robbers were shot, one fatally, after the resident opened fire at them in his home on Lodi Avenue about 11:30 p.m. The robbers returned fire and shot the resident, but he is recovering.

Today, prosecutors revealed more details in the case, including the likely motive.

The robbers "entered the San Mateo residence with guns drawn planning to rob the victim of drugs and money," San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The suspects, Bryant Ma, 23, who was killed, Edwin Lee, 21, and Bunn Vo, 22, allegedly demanded that the 24-year-old resident open his safe. A pregnant victim was reportedly held at knifepoint during the ordeal.

Instead of opening the safe, however, the resident pulled out his own firearm and began shooting at the robbers, who returned fire, Wagstaffe said.

Ma was shot multiple times, and the fleeing Lee and Vo dragged his body to their SUV and drove to a San Jose hospital, where Ma was pronounced dead.

Lee was also shot during the gun battle but is recovering, Wagstaffe said.

Police arrested Lee and Vo at the hospital. They left behind a bloody scene on Lodi Avenue, San Mateo Deputy Police Chief Mike Callagy said.

"Guns, multiple bullet holes and blood were found at the scene," he said shortly after the incident.

Among the charges they face, Lee and Vo are also being charged with the murder of Ma, the slain third suspect. The murder charge falls under the Provocative Act law, through which a person may be tried for actions that resulted in a killing, Wagstaffe said.

The appear received court-appointed attorneys this afternoon and are expected to enter their pleas Oct 11.
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