Locals on Chai Vang
In a record for me, the comments to this post are out of control and that’s considering that I’ve deleted about 15 of them for some generally offensive comments. I may have to shut them down. A comment there provides more information on the Chai Vang incident than the press is giving us. It is from a resident of Rice Lake:
One is that the reason they only had one gun between a group of 20 hunters is…There was only one set of hunters in the woods actually hunting when they noticed Mr. Vang (definately more respect than I should give him) sitting in a fellow hunters’ stand. So..there was only ONE gun needed in the woods at that time. When the altercation happened with Vang and a couple of other hunters came out of the cabin, they had no reason to bring out weapons. And again…after Vang began his massacre and the others came out after recieving a call for help, they weren’t thinking anything that bad was happening out there, so they did not bring weapons. They left 2 younger hunters inside the cabin and went to find out what was going on. One of the boys was a nephew and a son of some who were getting killed in the woods. I know that one of the hunters that survived said that one of the land owner (who died) did say something to Vang after he refused to leave that wasn’t nice. But when someone isn’t listening to you and you needed the stand for your family for the days hunt and you started out trying to be nice, you tend to raise your voice a bit. And he said some profane things as well. Which isn’t shocking. But he wasn’t going to shoot at Mr. Vang. I know this because he was an upstanding member and business owner in our community. He was prideful in our tradition of hunting and excited to be hunting with his sons and nephews and friends. The son who was screaming “Help Me!! Help Me!!” as Vang chased him down and shot him 4 times in the back. The friends who were shot of the 4 wheeler 3 times each in the back as they were trying to get away, not be confrontational. One of the people on that ATV that was shot off of it and hit 3 times in the back was a woman. (sic)
It is, of course, all here-say but provides some detail (though questionable) about the cold-bloodedness involved.