ST. PAUL, Minn. - A confrontation over reckless driving in a St. Paul neighborhood is apparently behind a fatal shooting Sunday.
Aloeng Kelly Vang, age 19, is charged with second degree murder in the death of Jeffrey Elling. Investigators say Elling and his girlfriend were on the porch of their home on the 1400 block of York Avenue when they saw an animal crossing the road. They got up to see what it was and were crossing the street when a car sped by and almost struck Elling. That vehicle was driven by Vang.
Investigators say Elling was tired of people from the home Vang entered driving recklessly in the neighborhood, and went to confront him. Elling told Vang he needed to slow down and pushed him to the ground. Witnesses say Vang appeared intoxicated.
The criminal complaint says Elling and his girlfriend walked back to the home. They were sitting in the kitchen several minutes later when the doorbell rang. Elling left the kitchen to get the door, and then his girlfriend heard two gunshots and shattering glass. She fled to another room and called police.
Responding officers found Elling dead on the porch. While they were processing the scene Vang stepped under the police tape, walked up and allegedly said "I'm the guy you're looking for."
Vang's wife and a person identified as his girlfriend told investigators that Vang was upset that Elling had pushed and "disrespected" him.
When questioned by police Vang admitted he was driving too fast in the neighborhood, but claimed he apologized and told Elling he didn't want any trouble. Eventually he admitted shooting Elling, but insisted he was only trying to scare him.
If found guilty Aloeng Vang faces the possibility of 40 years in prison.
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