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Man found guilty in fatal Hmong festival shooting

Man found guilty in fatal Hmong festival shooting Photo: Ramsey County

Updated: September 20, 2019 04:57 PM

Nougai Xiong has been found guilty of 2nd Degree murder after shooting and killing 19-year-old Jacky Vue at the Hmong Freedom Festival in July 2018. 

The criminal complaint against Nougai Xiong states officers stopped Nougai because he matched the suspect description provided by witnesses after the shooting.

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It alleges Xiong was "sweating profusely as if he had just finished running a marathon, and he had a long fresh scratch on the left side of his neck."

When asked why he had been assaulted, Xiong allegedly told officers he was near a gate when he saw his cousin Yang running toward him asking for help. He reportedly said he was then struck from behind, fled with his cousin and was stopped by police.

The complaint alleges Yang Xiong told police he was walking with Nougai when a group of men approached them and asked what gang they were in. Yang said he told them they were not in a gang, but the group allegedly approached he and his cousin and started "punching and kicking them."

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However, the complaint goes on to say that after his arrest, Yang Xiong reportedly told police he met his cousin at the festival and saw a group of people he recognized from an incident in Wausau, Wisconsin two months earlier when he was accused of being in a gang. At that time, he reportedly said, he was able to convince them he was not a gang member, but was asked to leave the house.

He allegedly went on to say his cousin Nougai was a gang member. At the festival, when two men from the group he recognized reportedly approached he and his cousin, hit them with umbrellas and threatened to kill them, Yang Xiong alleged his cousin took out a gun and "shot one of the men a couple of times."

The complaint states Yang said when his cousin took off running, he did as well.

He also allegedly told officers where they could find the gun used, a location the complaint states turned out to be accurate.

The complaint goes on to say Nougai Xiong denied being a gang member or shooting Vue. But the complaint alleges one of Nougai's brothers told police he has seen him with a black automatic handgun that he carries around in a holster.

Sentencing for Nougai Xiong is scheduled for November 15. 

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