TULSA, Oklahoma — Preliminary hearings were delayed Tuesday for two men accused of shooting five people at a Hmong New Year's festival in Tulsa.
Court records show Boonmlee Lee, 21, and Meng Lee, 19, are now to appear in district court on Dec. 20.
Both men have pleaded not guilty to one count of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors believe one victim was likely targeted at the Oct. 12 festival in Tulsa because he mediated a dispute involving the suspects' family, which was not resolved in their favor. Police have said it is unclear what the relationship between the Lees is.
The Lees and the five injured people are all ethnic Hmong, who hail from Asian countries including Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand. Between 3,000 and 4,000 Hmong live in Tulsa, many arriving in recent years in search of jobs.
The two men were arrested shortly after the shooting when a police helicopter spotted a car driving away from the scene with its headlights off and notified officers. The suspects had thrown clothes and a semi-automatic handgun believed to have been used in the attack out of the vehicle, police said.
Prosecutors have said in a court filing that Boonmlee Lee is believed to be connected to the Menace of Destruction gang in California.
Tulsa police recovered guns, gang paraphernalia and ammunition after serving search warrants on two homes in connection with the shooting.