BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (FOX 9) - Police have arrested a 47-year-old Texas man in connection to the deadly shooting at Co Tu Oriental Cuisine Restaurant in Bloomington on Wednesday.
Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges on Wednesday called the suspect a "cold-blooded killer," saying he walked into the restaurant near West 89th Street and Penn Avenue South on Wednesday afternoon and showed a weapon. Several customers wrestled with him and pushed him out of the establishment twice, but the gunman returned a third time, firing several shots.
He fatally shot a 49-year-old man, who was a long-time customer, and wounded a 25-year-old server, and then took off, police said.
Police said they determined a suspect and, with the help of law enforcement in Kansas and Oklahoma, located him in Oklahoma. He was taken into custody around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.
The suspect had fled the scene of the shooting in a white Mercedes Sprinter van without license plates. He was driving that car at the time of his arrest, police said.
"Our hearts go out to the victim and their family as this should be a time of celebration, but instead it's a time of tremendous grief. We are grateful we are able to lock up the person responsible for their loss," Hodges said in a news release on Thursday.
The suspect is currently being held in the Kay County jail in Oklahoma.
Police said they would release more information on Monday.