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Third shooting suspect arrested in Rochester

Austin police officers respond to a report of shots being fired at First Avenue and First Street Southeast on Monday.

Police in Rochester on Wednesday afternoon arrested a man described as a "person of interest" in Monday night's shooting in Austin.

Mongong Kual Maniang Deng, 22, was taken into custody without incident, according to Austin Police Chief Brian Krueger, and is being held in the Mower County Jail.

Rochester authorities received a tip Wednesday morning that Deng was at a certain location. He was seen walking in the area near Rocky Creek Drive, where he was approached by an officer.

Deng allegedly gave the officer a false name, then admitted who he was. A review of his criminal record includes charges of first-degree aggravated robbery, possession of dangerous weapons and fifth-degree assault.

Two other men were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with Monday's shooting.


Kevin Michael Lyke and Ojulu Oban Onyongo, both 20, are also being held awaiting formal charges. Both men are from Austin.

Krueger declined to speculate on what roles any of the men might have played in the shooting.

About 7:15 p.m. Monday, a man first knocked on the apartment door, then barged into the residence at 200 First St. S.E. in Austin. The man was carrying a 12-gauge shotgun and demanded money from the 28-year-old man who lived there.

According to the police report, the victim said he didn't have any money, and a struggle ensued. The victim was shot once in the upper left leg.

Two children, ages 5 and 7, were also at the residence. They were unhurt.

The victim was taken to Austin Medical Center, then transferred to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester via medical helicopter.

Investigators say they believe Monday's shooting might be linked to a home invasion last month in the southwest part of Austin. Four suspects were described in that case, and one was reported to have a long gun.

No one was injured in that incident, but initial demands were made for money and drugs.


Krueger said the man had not yet been interviewed because of his condition; officials hoped to speak to him Wednesday.

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