An investigation into what Anchorage police initially thought was an accidental shooting has revealed a much darker reality for one local family.
Police responded to reports of a shooting at 11:30 p.m. Friday night at a residence in the Mayflower Circle mobile home park at 1001 Boniface Parkway. APD spokeswoman Anita Shell says they were notified by a family member in the residence, which is owned by the parents of the shooter.
A 23-year-old woman living at the residence was found suffering from a bullet wound to the neck, which had shatter her spine. She was still conscious and breathing when she was transported to a local hospital, where she was listed in critical condition. According to Shell, the woman was seven months pregnant, and the baby appears to be unharmed, along with the couple's other four children, who are all under the age of six and were present during the incident.
Shell says further investigation revealed the victim, Michelle Moua, was arguing with her boyfriend, 24-year-old James Vue, about finances, which escalated into two shots being fired by Vue, one striking her in the neck.
Police were able to recover the weapon from Pao Vue, the father of the shooter, who had taken the gun from his son after Vue fired two shots, and wrapped it in a sock before handing it over to police arriving on scene. According to him, the younger Vue fired a shot through the front door after questioning Moua about some missing money, and then fired again at her.
Vue was arrested and charged with Attempted Murder in the second degree, and taken to the Anchorage Jail to be held without bail. Vue was also wanted for failure to appear in court for another Domestic Violence charge in 2013, and pleaded guilty to a similar charge in 2011.