Two Men Questioned in Slaying Over Rent Dispute
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Two men were being questioned today in connection with the slaying of a man and the wounding of three others in a bloody assault on an apartment that police say was apparently a dispute over the rent.
Interpreters helped investigators question the two, who spoke Vietnamese, said police spokesman Charles Peters.
The men were taken into custody late Thursday at the apartment complex where the shooting took place Wednesday, Peters said.
Occupants told a tale of three men armed with knives and guns invading the apartment Wednesday night, tying people up with tape and shooting them, said police spokesman C. F. Adams.
Austin police said Ba Ngoe Bui, 29, died at Brackenridge Hospital of gunshot wounds. He was found in the apartment with his hands taped behind him and a sock stuffed in his mouth.
Two other people who were in the apartment - Danh Lee, 21, and Tuan Nguyen, 20 - were listed in serious condition at the hospital.
Another victim, Tan Nguyen, 19, was treated and released. Two other people in the apartment escaped unharmed. Police said one of them, tied and gagged, jumped through a second-story window.
The $510-a-month apartment in which the attacks took place was rented to four people identified as Vietnamese. Pat Hines, manager of the complex, said they leased the three-bedroom apartment in February and worked at a nearby pharmaceutical laboratory.
Police said a squabble about unpaid rent probably triggered the incident.
″It looks as if the suspects had lived there with the victims but were thrown out for not paying their share of the rent,″ said homicide Lt. Jim Baker.
Investigators said the two arrested men were being questioned to determine if they were among those identified by the apartment occupants as the assailants.
Municipal Court Judge Wilfred Aguilar issued warrants charging capital murder against Canh Nguyen and a man using the alias Hoang Doai, 23.
The judge said the third warrant was for a man in his early 20s whose identity was unknown.