The 19-year-old man shot during an altercation between rival gangs at a restaurant on South Rock Road early Friday morning has died, and police have made an arrest in the case.
Kao Saechao, who was shot once in the head, died Sunday at a local hospital, Lt. Todd Ojile said. Someone leaned out of a window in a car leaving the parking lot and fired several shots toward a group standing in the parking lot of Bai Wei, 1845 S. Rock Road, at about 2:30 a.m. Friday.
Saechao was in that group and was hit. A 23-year-old man was arrested in connection with the shooting late Friday night, Ojile said. Because Saechao died as a result of his wound, the offense for which the suspect was arrested has been changed.
A 21-year-old man was also arrested Friday night on suspicion of aggravated assault in the same incident, police say. He was one of three men standing next to Saechao when the shots were fired, Ojile said, and he returned fire. He shot at two or three vehicles leaving the parking lot, then pursued those vehicles to the 2200 block of South Stoneybrook, about a mile away from the restaurant.
Police think he then opened fire on the house where men involved in the clash at Bai Wei had gone. Three houses and two vehicles in the area were struck in the drive-by, but no injuries were reported.
Two other men, ages 21 and 24, were also hit by gunfire during the incident early Friday morning, authorities say. They walked into local hospitals for treatment of wounds that were not life-threatening.
Ojile said the shooting was the culmination of an argument that broke out inside the restaurant and escalated in the parking lot. The gangs have been feuding for years, he said, and this is the latest episode of violence.
Saechao and both men arrested are all documented gang members, he said.