Victim shot in chest at event center talks exclusively with FOX23

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 10/14/2013 12:19 am Published: 10/14/2013 12:02 am

Police arrested two people after five victims were shot at a Hmong celebration Saturday night in East Tulsa.

FOX23 spoke exclusively to one of the victims was shot four times in the chest at Saturday night’s Green Country Event Center.

While the five victims recover, two men are sitting behind bars facing felony charges.

FOX first brought this story as breaking news on FOX23 News at 9 Saturday night. Police said a Hmong celebration of about 400 people stopped when a male in black entered and fired shots into the party.

FOX23’s Price McKeon asked victim Tong Lee, “Are you in pain?”

Lee’s answer was clear, “Yes.”

Lee showed FOX23 bandages covering gunshot wounds on his chest. He said he felt more comfortable speaking his native language Hmong, so his cousin Kou Xiong translated for him.

Tong said, “He’s feeling [sic] in pain. He isn’t feeling good at all.”

Lee said it happened so fast he didn’t hear anything until it was too late.

His cousin translated, “He was still having conversation with the people standing next to him. By the time he realized it, the gun shots went off.”

FOX23 video showed fire trucks and police cars from the scene Saturday.

We’ve learned about 400 people were attended a yearly Xiong reunion.  FOX23 learned the Xiong clan is part of the Hmong population.

The President of the Hmong American Association for Oklahoma, Xiathao Moua, said, “The purpose of the Xiong clan reunion last night (Saturday night) is that’s Hmong culture.”

The party scene turned into a crime scene around 8 p.m. according to police.

Moua said, “I was standing in line for  food and that moment I heard a gunshot.”

“After the toast and then everything just halted from there,” said Kou Xiong.

Another guest told FOX23 as he left the scene, “I heard bang, bang.”

“Some people screaming ‘you stop popping balloons’ but it’s not,” said Cha Vang, another guest.

Moments later, five people were taken to hospitals including Lee.

Police arrested Boomnlee Lee and Meng Lee after police said they spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area Saturday night.

Both men are each being held on multiple charges including shooting with intent to kill.

Tong Lee said, “At the time of the incident he didn’t know who it (the shooter) was.”

A reunion guests will never forget.

Family members told me two victims are still in the hospital. FOX23 is working to confirm all of the victims’ conditions.

Please check back for updates.

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Unwashed Mass - 10/15/2013 11:12 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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