Mankato violence leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

Published 11:41 am Monday, April 21, 2014

By Tim Krohn, Mankato Free Press

MANKATO — Law enforcement officials are trying to sort out a chaotic situation in which approximately 140 people scattered following gunshots outside the Kato Entertainment Center early Easter morning, following an event for a Sudanese student group from Minnesota State University.

One person is dead and three others were injured in a shooting that happened in the parking lot of the Kato, 200 E. Chestnut, St., just after an event inside was closing.

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Police were called at 1:53 a.m. Sunday and learned four people had been shot. All were transported to a hospital. One person died of their injuries, and the other three were treated for what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries.

A person was arrested, and a handgun was recovered. Two others were arrested for obstruction of legal process.

Mankato Public Safety Commander Jeremy Clifton said that while the three were arrested, officials are still sorting out what exact involvement, if any, they had in the shooting. He said they were also trying to determine if there was just one shooter.

Kim Tong Yik Doluony, 21, was arrested for carrying a pistol without a permit. Nyeyoup David Gach, 18, and Dilang Nhial Dat, 20, were arrested for disorderly conduct. All three are in the Blue Earth County Jail. Clifton said more arrests are possible as the investigation continues.

Clifton said the names of the deceased and other victims aren’t being released yet as officials are trying to contact family members and determine risk.

Tania Cordes, owner of the Kato Entertainment Center, said in a written statement that the event was for the South Sudanese Group at MSU for a celebratory party. “There was no alcohol served at the event and only approximately 140 students attended,” she said in the statement.