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LINDA (CBS13) – Gunfire broke out during a Yuba County family’s Super Bowl party, leaving one person dead, four wounded and the victimized family asking why they were targeted.
As can be imagined, it was a horrific scene. It was Super Bowl Sunday night and the evidence was still visible Wednesday afternoon – multiple bullet holes on a van parked in front of the family’s home.
“I ran outside to see my brother and my sister in blood,” Yia Yang said.
There were also still blood stains in the driveway and some splattered on nearby chairs where Yuba County sheriff’s investigators say 20-year-old Teng Yang was gunned down.
“And everybody else that was around here got shot,” Yia said.
The Yuba County Sheriff’s Department arrested a suspect, Kong Meng Vue, 25 of Marysville on Wednesday morning. Vue was arrested by sheriff’s deputies and gang task force officers. He was stopped in a vehicle leaving a residence in the 5700 block of Park Ave in Linda around 11 a.m. and was taken in to custody without incident.
Vue’s brother was also arrested at the Park Avenue home during the execution of a search warrant. Several long guns, a handgun and ammunition were found during the search. Tong Kaying Vue was arrested on suspicion of being a felon in possession of firearms and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
The victim’s brother says he and more than a dozen people were at the house Sunday when a car drove up in front of their home in the 5800 block of Poplar Street and someone started shooting.
“Actually heard about nine or 10 shots, really loud,” Yia said.
Five people were shot in the driveway and many children in the house. The family van was riddled with bullets.
“One of them went through right here inside the van and stopped right there where the door jamb is,” Yia said.
Yang was the only one who died. Was he the target?
“That question’s been asked a lot,” Yia said.
If so, why? It obviously appears gang-related in an area known for rival Hmong gang shootings, but his brother said Teng wasn’t gang material.
“He’s a momma’s boy,” he said. “Always home, always helping mom and dad.”
His mother has set up a prayer altar in honor of Yang.
Through an interpreter, she said she dearly she misses her son.
Neighbors say the family never causes any trouble, especially Yang. His brother can’t understand why he was gunned down.
“I just don’t think of him being any harm to anybody or anything to take his life away,” he said.