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Minnesota prosecutors charged two men with La Crosse ties Tuesday in the fatal shooting of a man at a Hmong festival Sunday.

Nougai Xiong

Nougai Xiong

Yang Xiong

Yang Xiong

Twenty-seven-year-old Nougai Xiong, of St. Paul, is charged in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder in the death of 19-year-old Jacky Vue, of St. Paul. Twenty-eight-year-old Yang Xiong, of La Crosse, Wisconsin, is charged with aiding and abetting the shooting.

Both men were in the Ramsey County jail Monday. Nougai Xiong was also being held on an out-of-state warrant.

The shooting happened Sunday afternoon in Como Park during the 38th annual celebration, which drew thousands of people.

Court documents show that a gang member who was involved in the fight told police the suspects were Asian Crips, and he and his group were Oroville Mono Boys.

Nougai Xiong was released from prison in July 2016 after serving a three-year sentence for fleeing La Crosse police in a stolen car. According to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, he absconded from community supervision.

La Crosse County Judge Ramona Gonzalez issued a $1,000 warrant in October when he failed to appear for sentencing in a 2017 misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer.

Yang Xiong pleaded no contest in 2009 to attempted battery of an officer and was sentenced in La Crosse County Circuit Court to three years probation. He was accused of shouting profanities at an Onalaska police officer while pointing a knife in his direction in 2007 when he was 17.

In May 2012, Nougai Xiong and four other people were gathered in the parking lot of the Division Street apartment building where Sara Hougom had been fatally shot just weeks earlier.

When police arrived, Xiong led them on a 1.4-mile chase before he was caught.

Authorities said Xiong had no connection to Hougom, and he did not explain why he was in the parking lot.


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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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