ST. PAUL, Minn. - A 20-year-old St. Paul man is charged with firing a weapon at a car filled with people including his girlfriend and their infant.
Ramsey County prosecutors filedfive counts of assault in the second degree against Timothy Vang in connection with a reckless shooting incident over the weekend on St. Paul's East Side.
Officers responded to a call from the sister of Vang's girlfriend last Friday after she claimed he had just shot out the back window of a car. Inside the vehicle were the caller, Vang's girlfriend and 5-month-old child, and two other adults.
Another witness inside the vehicle recognized the defendant during the shooting and identified him to authorities. The following day officers were returning to check on the welfare of Vang's girlfriend when a new domestic call camein. She claimed the defendant was assaulting her near Arlington and McAfee.
WhenVang decided to return home shortly after, officers arrested him.
"This individual displayed reckless disregard for the safety of others, including his own infant child by indiscriminately firing a gun at a carload of people on a crowded city street," said Ramsey County Attorney John Choi in a written statement. "We cannot tolerate this kind of dangerous behavior in our community, and we will prosecute this case accordingly."
The defendant's relatives have confirmed several incidents where he was abusive and even violent towards them, including sending a threatening text message to the mother of his child.
Investigators say Vang later admitted that he "became enraged, 'let loose', and fired the gun at the car."