Chai Soua Vang
(born September 24, 1968) is a naturalized U.S.
citizen and a Hmong
immigrant from Laos
. While on a hunting
trip in northern Wisconsin
, Vang shot eight people, who were also hunting in the area, on November 21, 2004. Six were killed and two were left wounded.
According to court proceedings prior to his conviction, Vang acknowledged shooting the people, including one woman, but challenged the chain of events that caused a dispute over a deer stand to become violent and escalate into multiple deaths. Vang, who lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota
at the time of the shootings, is currently being held at Iowa State Penitentiary
Chai Vang is the father of six children, a family shaman
, and a hunting enthusiast. Vang and his brothers came to the United States from Laos in 1980 and initially settled in California
. Chai Vang lived in Sacramento
and eventually enlisted in the California National Guard.
Vang moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota
sometime around 2000. A few years later, he and his family moved a few miles to the neighboring city of St. Paul. Both the Minneapolis and St. Paul police
departments have records of several calls about domestic violence at the Vang residences during this time.
On the weekend of the shootings, Vang went out deer hunting with two friends and their two sons in northwest Wisconsin
, a region where deer hunting is particularly popular, east of Birchwood, Wisconsin
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