TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A police helicopter that happened to be near a Tulsa events center Saturday night when a gunman shot and wounded five people at a Hmong New Year's festival spotted a suspicious vehicle driving away from the scene, which eventually led to the arrest of two suspects, authorities said.
Police Capt. Mike Williams said both suspects, like those celebrating inside the Green Country Event Center, are Hmong — an Asian ethnic group mainly from Laos. He said investigators hadn't determined a motive for the attack, but that both men would be charged.
A witness, Chong Bee Xiong, said there were at least 200 people at the celebration, which he equated to Thanksgiving in America. He said people were lined up to get dinner when four or five shots ring out, sending everyone scattering.
"The people started screaming, yelling, running. We don't know what happened," he said.
Xiong said he didn't get a look at the shooter and couldn't imagine why someone would open fire at the gathering, which the Hmong community has held at the events center for the past several years. He estimates that there is a Hmong population in Tulsa numbering between 3,000 and 4,000.
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