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April 21, 2014

All released in shooting case

Victim who died described as "genuine and loving"

MANKATO — All three people arrested after a shooting at the Kato Ballroom early Sunday morning have been released and Blue Earth County's chief prosecutor said he isn't sure when charges will be filed for the incident that left one man dead and three others injured.

Law requires that people who are taken into custody by law enforcement have to be charged or released within 48 hours after their arrest. Staff at the Blue Earth County Jail confirmed Dilang Nhial Dat, 20, and Kim Tong Yik Doluony, both of Omaha, Neb., were released Monday afternoon. A Mankato woman, Nyeyoup David Gach, 18, also has been released.

Police responded to a report of shots being fired in the parking lot of the Kato Ballroom at 1:53 a.m. Sunday. Dolouony was arrested for carrying a weapon without a permit. Dat and Gach were arrested for obstruction of the legal process. Police officers also learned four people had been shot, including one who died as a result of his injuries.

"We still don't know who did what to whom," said Pat McDermott, assistant Blue Earth County attorney. "So we may have to just release people now that we have them identified."

The Mankato Department of Public Safety wasn't releasing many details about the investigation Monday. Micheal Anderson, an agent with the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension was interviewing witnesses with a Mankato detective at the Public Safety Center Monday afternoon.

Deb McDermott, Mankato's detective commander, said she would release more information Tuesday if a medical examiner is able to positively identify the man who died from gunshot wounds. A man who said he is the victim's cousin, and also a victim himself, identified the man who was killed as Poth Acouth, 22, of Omaha.

Mawut "Ater" Mayen has started a GoFundMe page called "Rest in Paradise — Poth Acouth" to raise money for Acouth's family. The site describes Acouth as someone everyone knew as "genuine and loving."

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