ST. PAUL (Aug. 11, 2012) — A Burmese refugee has died and another remains in custody as a result of an afternoon shooting on Aug. 10 in St. Paul.
Aung Thu Bo, 19, of St. Paul, died the morning of Aug. 11, 2012.
The family is being supported by Karen Organization of Minnesota, and organization Aung Thu Bo has worked for in the past.
“The staff at KOM is sad that such thing can happen, and that it can happen to anyone,” said Chong B. Vang, executive director. “Our prayers goes out to the family.
The family is ethnic Burman, and not Karen. KOM is supporting the family but is not acting as an official spokesperson.
Just before 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, Saint Paul officers responded to the intersection of Cypress Street and Wakefield Avenue on a call that a man had been shot. There, emergency responders found Bo critically wounded. Saint Paul Fire Department paramedics transported Bo to Regions Hospital.
Investigators continued to follow leads in the case and ultimately discovered another man, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his arm. It was later determined that he was suspected of shooting Bo.
Officers transported the suspect, Steve Emanual Lewis, 26 of Saint Paul, to Regions Hospital.
The incident does not appear to be random and investigators continue to piece together the events of the moments leading up to and following the shooting. It is expected that a case will be presented to the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in the coming days for consideration of criminal charges.