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Who Is Chai Vang?

By: Paige Pearson
By: Paige Pearson

We are learning more about the Sawyer County shootings suspect, Chai Soua Vang.

The thirty-six year-old St. Paul resident is reportedly a truck driver, a father of six, and served in the U-S army.

Though Vang's background isn't entirely clear, his criminal history is, and includes multiple run-ins with Twin Cities law enforcement.

St. Paul police have responded to four incidents at Vang's Fourth Street address. The matters have involved domestic abuse and possible thefts.

On December 24, 2001 Minneapolis police brought Vang in on a charge of 2nd Degree Assault. The victim said Vang made threats while waving a gun. The charge was later dropped.

Just the same, Vang's brother says the entire family is in a state of disbelief.

"I was shocked, I thought I was in a dream or something. I thought I'd wake up and nothing would be wrong," says Vang's brother who wished to be unidentified.

Vang was with a couple of other people while in the Sawyer County area. Sheriff's officials are trying to locate them for questioning.


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