A Hmong celebration that turned violent when a gunman opened fire in an event center as party-goers celebrated the Hmong New Year has resulted in the arrest of two suspects, KJRH-NBC2 television reported on Oct. 13.
The Hmong celebration at the Green Country Event Center near 31st Street and Garnett Road in Tulsa, Okla., on Saturday night took a violent turn that left five injured when a gunman walked into the celebration and started shooting. Several hundred people were attending the Hmong event when the shooting occurred, CBS News reported.
Despite the large crowd, only five people were injured in the Hmong shooting — police said two people were shot in the torso and three others were shot in the arms or legs.
Boonmlee Lee, 21, and Meng Lee, 19, were arrested soon after the Hmong shooting when police saw a suspicious-looking vehicle leaving the scene, the Tulsa Police Department said. Both men, who are Hmong themselves, each face five counts of shooting with the intent to kill, possession of a firearm and possession of firearm commission felony first offense, KJRH said about the Hmong shooting.
The Hmong are an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.