Suspect in Wisconsin Shooting Spree Identified

Divorce lawyer for suspect's wife was one of the victims
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 24, 2017 3:35 PM CDT
One Wisconsin Victim: Divorce Lawyer for Suspect's Wife
Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at an apartment complex in Rothschild, Wis.   (T'xer Zhon Kha /The Post-Crescent via AP)

A northern Wisconsin man struggling with debt allegedly killed his wife's divorce lawyer during a shooting spree that left three other people dead, including a police detective. Court records show 45-year-old Nengmy Vang initiated divorce proceedings in 2015 against his wife, Naly Vang. The couple was scheduled for a final pre-trial conference next month. Naly Vang wasn't hurt in the shooting, and it's unclear whether the two even encountered each other during the rampage. The records show she lives at the family's home in Weston while Vang resides in the apartment where police eventually captured him. The Wausau Daily Herald reported Nengmy Vang was allowed to take four guns with him when he moved out of the family residence. The records also show Nengmy has a long history of financial problems.

Investigators have said the shootings followed a domestic dispute between the couple, but they've released no details about what may have happened between them. Nengmy Vang went to a Rothschild bank around midday on Wednesday, where he allegedly shot and killed workers Dianne Look and Karen Barclay. He then traveled to nearby Schofield and killed 43-year-old attorney Sarah Quirt Sann at her office. Sann represented Naly Vang in the divorce case, the AP reports. He then fled to his apartment in Weston and barricaded himself inside. As police were setting up a perimeter around the apartment he shot and killed Jason Weiland, a 40-year-old Everest Metro Police Department detective, according to authorities. Police eventually shot and wounded Vang and took him into custody. Investigators have not said why he opened fire at the bank. (More shooting stories.)

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