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Hmong shootings may have been motivated by grudge

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Updated: 10/14/2013 10:07 pm Published: 10/14/2013 9:50 pm

A grudge could be the motive in a shooting that put five people in the hospital.

"It is a wake-up call to all of us," said Linda Lor.

She is the former executive director for the Hmong Association in Tulsa. On Saturday night there was a Xiong family reunion with all of the clans. In the Hmong community, a family group is known by clans and are divided by last names.

"I heard bang, bang," said a witness.

Through a translator FOX23 News spoke exclusively to Tong lee, who was hit in the chest with the bullets.

"At the time of the incident he didn't know who it was," said Lee.

Police shortly arrested Meng Lee and Boonmee Lee in connection with the shootings. They are being held in the Tulsa County jail on nearly $400,000 bond.

"We try in every possible way to mediate the problem through the clan leaders," said Lor.

She said there are about 10 Hmong clans in Tulsa and 200 families. The family leader of the clan will help resolve issues such as marriages, divorce or children or they go to court, which will cost money. In some cases, they make a big statement but are not known to resort to violence like the incident on Saturday.

"The flame didn't die down," said Lor.

She said there was a grudge with the Lees that no one knew about it.

"It was not brought up to the clan leader or to the other clan leaders within the community," said Lor.

She said in the 40 years Hmongs have lived in Tulsa, this is the first Hmong clan disagreement that has resulted in a shooting.

"The community was shocked, but now we are better prepared for a better event," said Lor.

She said clan leaders met on Sunday for an emergency meeting and have agreed to have security at traditional events with a large number of people attending the event.

"It doesn't hinder us, it doesn't break us, it makes us stronger and watch for each other," said Lor.

She said two of the male victims are still in the hospital but expect to be released this week.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/15/2013 11:10 AM
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Apparently the police helicopter was watching the Hmong party with infrared cameras when the shooting started, so if there is FLIR video, it should be public record.
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