A 47-year-old man was arrested early Thursday in Oklahoma in connection with a brazen daytime shooting at a Bloomington restaurant that killed a frequent patron.
Law enforcement officers captured the Texas man about 12:30 a.m. and booked him into the Kay County jail in Newkirk, Bloomington police said. Newkirk is about 120 miles north of Oklahoma City near the Kansas border.
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Police said the suspect pushed his way into Vietnamese restaurant Cô Tu' at 8907 Penn Av. with a weapon and opened fire about 1 p.m. Wednesday. A 49-year-old man was shot and killed; a 25-year-old server was injured.
Investigators said the gunman fled in a white Mercedes Sprinter van with no license plates — the same vehicle the suspect was driving when he was arrested.
"Our hearts go out to the victim and their family as this should be a time of celebration for them but instead it's a time of tremendous grief," Bloomington Police Chief Booker Hodges said in a statement. "We are grateful that we were able to lock up the person responsible for their loss."
Bloomington police said more information on the shooting will be released Monday.