Nengmy Vang Id’d As Suspect In Fatal Shootings

Husband Of Attorney Killed In Northern Wisconsin Shooting Urges Healing

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The suspect in a northern Wisconsin shooting spree that left four people dead has been identified, and court records show one of the victims was his wife’s divorce lawyer.

A person close to the investigation identified the suspect Friday as 45-year-old Nengmy Vang. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak ahead of authorities officially identifying Vang.

Investigators said Vang had a domestic incident with his wife Wednesday. Vang and his wife were in the middle of a contentious divorce.

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Vang allegedly killed four people — two of his wife’s co-workers, her divorce lawyer and a detective trying to contain him.

The victims are Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne M. Look, and Karen L. Barclay; attorney Sara H. Quirt Sann and Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland.

The three shootings progressed from the bank in Rothschild to the law office in Schofield and then Vang’s apartment in Weston.

According to court records, Quirt Sann was representing Vang’s wife in a divorce.

Law enforcement said Thursday that the 45-year-old is in custody at a local hospital after suffering from nonfatal gunshot wounds. Vang’s older brother said police shot Vang in the chest.

The brother also said Vang had been acting “crazy” since separating from his wife a few years ago.

Vajloogzeb Vaj said he is horrified his brother “killed good people,” and Vang had become short-tempered and hit their mother in a fit of rage a few months ago.

Vaj said his younger brother owned multiple guns and was an avid deer and squirrel hunter.

The brothers were born in Laos and their family moved to the United States in 1988, the older brother said.

Vang’s attorney didn’t return messages.

Quirt Sann’s husband, Scott Sann, is encouraging the community to come together to find strength and healing.

Sann is the superintendent at Greenwood Hills Country Club in Wausau. In a letter posted on the golf course’s Facebook page, Sann said the community must not give in to hate and anger and make judgments based on gender, race or religion.

Sann said his wife fought for those who needed representation. Quirt Sann sometimes represented children as a guardian in divorce and child support cases.

Jane Graham Jennings of the Women’s Community shelter in Wausau said domestic violence becomes most dangerous during separation.

“Of the number of homicide victims that we have worked with in my tenure at the agency most of them, all of them except one, had left or was attempting to leave the relationship when they were killed,” Jennings said.

Editor’s Note: This story was last updated at 4:32 p.m. Friday, March 24, to include comments from Jane Graham Jennings.