Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Out on bail, man jailed in 2nd gang shooting

TwinCities.com - Out on bail, man jailed in 2nd gang shooting: "Kong Meng Thao was charged with shooting two people in February at his father's funeral. He bailed himself out of jail in April. Then, police say, he went out and did it again.

The 19-year-old man is back in jail, accused of shooting two others this weekend in St. Paul.

Both shootings were gang-related, and all four victims were expected to recover, according to police and court records. One of the victims in the earlier shooting was a passing motorist struck by a stray bullet.

After the first shooting, prosecutors requested bail be set at $50,000, which Ramsey County District Judge John Van de North granted.

The bail was a 'substantial amount' because of the seriousness of the alleged crime, Ramsey County Attorney Susan Gaertner said Monday."

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