Skip to main content

A man accused of killing one man and injuring another in a shooting inside a Bloomington restaurant last week was motivated by jealously over his ex-wife, prosecutors allege. 

Aaron Le, 47, was charged in Hennepin County District Court on Monday with second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder in connection with the shooting Wednesday at Cô Tu' Oriental Cuisine restaurant

A 49-year-old man, who police said was a regular at the restaurant, was killed in the shooting. A 25-year-old restaurant server was also shot twice, but he is expected to survive. 

Le was arrested while driving through Oklahoma early Thursday

The Bloomington Police Department said Le is from Texas, although court documents filed Monday provide a Lakeville address. 

Charges reveal a report had been filed with federal authorities in August regarding a "contract to kill" and another man possibly involved in the shooting hasn't yet been identified. 


According to the criminal complaint, witnesses described the shooter as a middle-aged man wearing a Halloween mask and a maroon hoodie. 

Investigators obtained surveillance footage which appeared to show a different man, not Le, watching the victim in the moments before the shooting. 

Charges state the man entered the restaurant twice — looking at the victim both times. When he walked out the second time, he opened the door for Le. 

The man, who has not been identified, was wearing glasses, a dark-colored jacket, grey shoes and blue jeans. 

Surveillance footage allegedly shows Le enter the restaurant and walk towards the victim, who was sitting at a table near the front of the window with another man. 

The victim appeared startled, charges state. When Le pointed a gun at the man, "people in the restaurant duck and ran" and chased Le out of the restaurant. 

Le is then seen on camera looking through the front window where the victim had been sitting. When Le entered the restaurant again, the victim was hiding behind a display case. 

Although "numerous people" tried to wrestle the gun out of Le's hand, he continued to advance on the victim and ultimately shot the man multiple times, charges state. 

Surveillance footage showed Le wearing rubber gloves and holding the gun inside a plastic bag. 

Investigators learned the victim had been seeing a woman who was recently divorced or in the process of divorcing Le, who was jealous of the man's interactions with his ex. 

It's noted that Le had legally changed his name from Khai Le to Aaron Le. 

The investigation further revealed that there was a report filed with the FBI in August regarding a "contract to kill" call involving Le, the complaint states. 

Authorities used cell phone data to locate Le driving through Oklahoma. He had blood on his clothing and two body armor vests in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. 

The restaurant owner and employees told police the victim was a regular customer and normally visited the restaurant on Wednesdays for lunch. 

If you know anyone who is affected by domestic violence, you can find more information on services available here, via the Minnesota DPS.

You can also call the Day One Crisis Hotline at 1-866-223-1111.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 7.45.44 PM

Tyre Nichols: Initial police version of events bear similarities to George Floyd killing

Memphis PD said Nichols complained of 'shortness of breath' following 'confrontations' with police, who in reality violently beat him.

George Floyd, protest

Twin Cities authorities preparing for community reaction to Tyre Nichols video

The ATF division in St. Paul sent out an alert out of "an abundance of caution."

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 2.12.05 PM

Changes at K102's Chris Carr & Company, with Sam Sansevere joining as co-host

She is the daughter of former KQRS morning show personality Bob Sansevere.

Screen Shot 2023-01-27 at 1.16.21 PM

Minneapolis' Royal Foundry Craft Spirits announces closure

The distillery set out to infuse the Minneapolis craft cocktail scene with British flavor.


Shutterfly to cut almost 100 jobs at Shakopee facility

The layoffs are expected to impact multiple positions within the company.


Mill City Museum in the running to be named best history museum in the U.S.

The museum offers scenic views of the Mississippi River.


Man charged with attempted murder of White Bear Lake police officer

Daniel Holmgren Jr., 33, was being served an arrest warrant at the time of the incident.


Gallery: 1,000-acre Wisconsin resort listed for nearly $4.3M

The lush landscape features a creek and private lake.

school bus

Alert after Woodbury students approached by strangers asking if they want candy

Valley Crossing Elementary School urged parents to go over safety information with their children in response to the incident.

basketball unsplash stock

North St. Paul basketball cancels Eden Prairie game after opposing coach's reinstatement

Head Coach Cornelius Gilleylen said he let his players decide amongst themselves.


Screen Shot 2022-04-22 at 8.16.27 AM

Charges: Bloomington man claimed he had bomb, stole $4,100 from bank

Mark Nils Johnson, 40, is also accused of leading police on a chase through a residential area.

police lights

Charges: Wizard wand-wielding man threatened Bloomington hotel employee

The wizard wand measured 16-inches with a 'knife-like' metal point.

Screen Shot 2022-11-18 at 11.07.18 AM

Nationwide warrant issued for Bloomington man accused of two sexual assaults

Nicholas Maurice Brown is faces charges for two separate incidents.

police tape, crime scene

Charges: Man fatally shot woman during argument over marijuana

Clifton Dawayne Latimore Ingram allegedly shot a woman during an argument over marijuana.

Screen Shot 2023-01-10 at 12.59.47 PM

New murder charge filed after newborn died 9 days after mother fatally shot

Dakota County prosecutors have amended charges against Donte McCray.

Screen Shot 2020-01-14 at 1.11.28 PM

Charges: Teen fatally shot man during botched drug deal

The 18-year-old is facing 2nd-degree murder charges for the shooting in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2022-06-01 at 3.59.45 PM

Charges: Man fatally shot his housemate in the head

The suspect, 32-year-old Cody Vernon Kolstad, has been charged with second-degree murder for the shooting death of Brian Daniel Stoeckel.