One dead in drive-by shooting in Austin; Two suspects arrested
UPDATE: Both of the suspects in the Friday night drive-by shooting in Austin, Cham Oman and Manamany Abella, have been arrested and are in custody.
Oman is being held on suspicion of three charges related to 2nd degree murder and a dangerous weapons charge in relation to the drive-by shooting towards a person.
Abella is being held on suspicion of three charges related to murder in the 2nd degree, a firearm violation due to him being a felon as well as a dangerous weapons charge in relation to the drive-by shooting toward a person.
Oman was apprehended Saturday afternoon and according to a press release sent from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension just after midnight Abella has been taken into custody as well.
Law enforcement have located the vehicle.
(ABC 6 News) – One man is dead and two others are injured after a drive-by shooting in Austin Friday night.
The Austin Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two men who are believed to be in connection with the shooting as well as the vehicle it occurred in.
According to a press release from APD, investigators are looking for a white, 2015 Dodge Durango with Minnesota plate JAG300.
The two suspects are both Austin men, 28-year-old Cham Oman who is believed to have been driving the vehicle as well as 23-year-old Manamany Abella who is believed to have been a passenger in the vehicle.
According to APD, Abella and Oman are considered armed and dangerous.
People are advised to not approach the men and if they have any information as to where they are or where the Durango is to contact the department at 507-437-9400 or dial 911.
Officers responded to a 911 call around 10:40 p.m. Friday about a vehicle that had crashed into an unoccupied home at 701 4th St. N. The press release says a deceased male and two injured passengers were inside of the vehicle.
Further investigation revealed that immediately prior to the crash, five people entered the vehicle on the 700 block of 2nd St. NW when the Durango approached their vehicle and a person inside began firing. It says the victim vehicle began to roll and eventually crashed into the home on 4th St. N.
The driver of the victims vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene and has been taken to the South Minnesota Regional Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy and formal identification. His Name will be released once the family has been notified.
The two other people who were in the victim vehicle had gunshot wounds and both were taken in an ambulance to Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Austin. The female victim was transferred by air ambulance to mayo Clinic Hospital St. Mary’s campus in Rochester while the male victim was taken by ambulance to the same facility, according to the press release. Both remain hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Two additional passengers in the victim vehicle fled the scene. The press release states that investigators are concerned they may have been injured and are trying to locate them.
APD believes that this shooting was targeted and that there is no ongoing threat to the public.
This case remains an ongoing investigation.
APD is being assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents and crime scene personnel and the Minnesota Department of Corrections.
(ABC 6 News) There was a large police presence in Austin with a portion of 4th Street Northwest blocked off early Saturday morning.
It appeared a car crashed into a home on the 700 block of 4th Street Northwest next to Catherwood Home Child Care. A tarp was on the front lawn of the house that looked like it was placed there by police blocking part of the view of the vehicle.
Fourth Street Northwest was sectioned off from 6th to 7th Place.
An officer on scene around 3:00 AM said Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Special Agents and a crime lab are on scene.
Austin Police told ABC 6 News someone from the department was not able to speak with our reporter as it was a very active scene and they were assisting the BCA.
There were so many law enforcement vehicles, police lights could be seen getting off of Interstate 90.
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