Witnesses are key in suspects' arrests
All three men accused of participating in Monday night's shooting in Austin have been formally charged in Mower County District Court.
Kevin Michael Lyke, 20, and Ojulu Obang Onyongo, also 20, both face one count each of first-degree assault; first-degree burglary, possess dangerous weapon; and first-degree aggravated robbery.
All are felonies, all punishable by 20 years in prison, a $35,000 fine, or both.
Both men remain in custody in lieu of $150,000 conditional bond.
According to the criminal complaints filed against them, it was a third man who allegedly pulled the trigger.
Mongong Kual Maniang Deng, 22, was charged this morning in Mower County District Court with attempted first-degree murder with intent. In addition to the murder charge, he faces one count each of first-degree assault, first-degree burglary and first-degree aggravated robbery, all felonies.
According to statements provided by two other men charged in the incident, Deng planned the robbery earlier in the day.
Police were called about 7:10 p.m. Monday to 200 First St. S.E., Unit B for a report of a man with a gun threatening to kill another man.
When they arrived, police found a 28-year-old man in his living room. According to the complaints, the man had been shot in the upper left leg; a 12-gauge shotgun shell and the tip of a human finger were found on the living room floor. Blood was splattered around the room, the complaints say.
The victim was taken to Austin Medical Center, then transferred to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester via medical helicopter. He remains hospitalized and has undergone several surgeries. But he has been able to tell authorities his version of what happened, and his statements are included in the criminal complaints filed against two of three suspects in the shooting.
The children were eating supper when there was a knock on the back door.
The victim believed he'd heard a young girl's voice, so he opened the door, thinking it was one of his son's playmates.
Instead, it was a man with a shotgun.
The victim tried to shut the door, but it was kicked open. The man with the gun reportedly demanded money; he was told there was none.
The victim told his children to run, and they did, to a downstairs neighbor who often watches the two, ages 5 and 7. The neighbor called police.
Then, according to the criminal complaints, the gunman ordered the victim to kneel on the floor and put his hands over his head.
The victim remembers the man chambering a shell, "pumping" the gun.
Fearing his children would be shot, the victim grabbed the gun, the complaints say. A struggle ensued, and the man yelled to his children to run downstairs.
The gunman had the weapon pointed at the victim's stomach, the complaint says, as the homeowner continued to hold onto the muzzle of the gun.
The victim pulled on the gun, but the intruder was stronger and maintained control. At some point, the gun discharged, hitting the victim.
All three men are being held at the Mower County Jail.