The Latest: Brother says shooting suspect told him goodbye

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Posted: Mar 24, 2017 5:26 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The latest on the northern Wisconsin shootings that left four dead in several small communities (all times local):

4 p.m.

The older brother of the suspect in a shooting spree says his brother called him to say goodbye during a standoff with police.

Vajloogzeb (Vah-loong-jay) Vaj (Vah) says his brother, Nengmy Vang, told him police had shot him and thought he was dying. Vaj says his brother told him police were after him because he had shot two people. Investigators allege he shot and killed four people.

Vaj believes his brother, who he hadn't spoken to in several weeks, suffers from severe mental illness.

Vaj says Vang was increasingly unstable since separating from his wife a few years ago and had withdrawn from family and friends. He did not know what prompted Wednesday's gruesome shooting spree.

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2:45 p.m.

The older brother of a man suspected of killing four people says Nengmy Vang had been acting "crazy" since separating from his wife a few years ago.

Vajloogzeb (Vah-loong-jay) Vaj (Vah) says he is horrified that his brother "killed good people." Vaj says Vang had become short-tempered and hit their mother in a fit of rage a few months ago.

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

Vang and his wife were in the middle of a contentious divorce. Vang allegedly killed four people — two of his wife's co-workers, her divorce lawyer and a detective trying to contain him.

Vaj says police shot Vang in the chest.

Vaj says he and Vang were born in Laos and their family moved to the United States in 1988.

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12:40 p.m.

The husband of one of the four people fatally shot as a result of an apparent domestic dispute in northern Wisconsin is encouraging the community in general to come together to find strength and healing.

Scott Sann is the husband of Sarah Quirt Sann, an attorney who court records show was representing the wife of the suspect in a divorce proceeding. Sarah Sann was killed at a law office. Two others were killed at a bank and a police detective was fatally shot outside an apartment complex.

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

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

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12:01 p.m.

The suspect in a 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 (NING' - my) 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 on Wednesday. They are going through a divorce.

Authorities identified one of those killed as attorney Sarah H. Quirt Sann. According to court records, she was representing Vang's wife in a divorce.

Vang was captured after authorities say he shot two people at a bank, Sann and a detective.

Vang's attorney didn't return messages.