Formal Charges Filed Against Alleged Hunter Killer

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A crimmnal complaint filed Monday in circuit court in Hayward, Wisconsin says the two surviving hunters told investigators that no one in their hunting party pointed a gun at 36-year-old Chai Vang before he started shooting. Terry Willers and Lauren Hesebeck say Vang fired the first shot after he was confronted on private hunting property located in southern Sawyer county.

The document also alleges Vang changed his story when talking to authorities about what happened. Police say he initially told investigators that the first hunter he encountered in the woods took his gun and shot the others. Then later,the document continues, hunters confronted him using profane language and racial slurs, and they fired the first shot.

Vang, from St. Paul, Minnesota, is charged with six counts of first-degree intentional homicide by use of a dangerous weapon, and two counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The shootings took place November21, 2004. He is being held on a two-and-a-half million dollar bail in the county jail at Hayward. He makesh is first court appearence Tuesday.