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Suspect identified in deadly Wisconsin shooting spree

USA Today Network Jonathan Anderson and Mark Treinen, Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald Published 11:08 p.m. ET March 23, 2017 | Updated 3 hours ago

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Suspect identified in deadly Wisconsin shooting spree

A procession for fallen Detective Jason Weiland of the Everest Metro Police Department traveled through Fond du Lac as he was escorted home after being seen by the Fond du Lac County Medical Examiner. Doug Raflik/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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Numerous law enforcement vehicles and SWAT teams respond to shooter Wednesday at an apartment complex on the corner of Aspen Street and Ross Avenue in Weston. A police officer and at least three others were shot. (Photo: T'xer Zhon Kha/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

ROTHSCHILD, Wis. — A suspect arrested in connection with the shooting deaths of four people on Wednesday is a Weston man who was targeting his estranged wife , USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin has learned.

Nengmy Vang, 45, is the man police believe committed the shootings, according to multiple people with knowledge of Vang’s involvement.

Police at a Thursday afternoon press briefing declined to name Vang or say exactly what motivated the killings, except to say it was a “domestic incident” involving a husband and wife.

The husband had targeted the wife in the shootings, but she escaped unharmed, said Jason Smith, deputy administrator of the state Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigation.

Vang is seeking to divorce his 41-year-old wife of more than two decades. He called the marriage "irretrievably broken" in a court filing.

The couple has at least six children.

No one answered the door Thursday afternoon at a Weston home where court records indicate Vang’s wife and the couple’s minor children reside. A lawyer for Vang did not respond to requests for comment Thursday.

Police have not yet had a chance to interview Vang, who was shot by police and required “intense medical care” at a Wausau hospital, Smith said.

A police detective and an attorney were among the four people Vang is suspected of killing Wednesday in a shooting spree that started at a local bank.

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Jason Weiland   (Photo: Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Justice)

The state Department of Justice on Thursday identified the victims as Everest Metro Police Detective Jason Weiland, 40; Marathon Savings Bank employees Dianne M. Look, 67, and Karen L. Barclay, 62; and attorney Sara H. Quirt Sann, 43.

Weiland was a police officer for 18 years, the last 15 of which were with the Everest Metro Police Department. He is survived by his wife and two children.

The Everest department’s website listed Weiland as a field training officer and member of a task force for internet crimes against children. His LinkedIn page said he had also worked as a narcotics detective for the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department and as a police officer and corrections officer for Marathon City and Marathon County.

Wednesday’s shooting spree started shortly before 12:30 p.m. at Marathon Savings Bank in Rothschild. Vang’s wife worked at the bank, court records show.

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Sara Quirt Sann   (Photo: Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department

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People have strong reactions to Rick Perry slamming the TAMU student election

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Rick Perry is a former governor of Texas, the current Energy Secretary, and … a strong critic of the student government election process at his alma mater, Texas A&M, AKA TAMU. (Photo: Brendan Smialowski, AFP/Getty Images)

Thanks to former Texas governor Rick Perry — Texas A&M graduate, class of ’72 — TAMU’s new student body president elections have made national news.

The current Secretary of Energy and former TAMU yell leader published an op-ed in The Houston Chronicle Wednesday morning, questioning the fairness of Texas A&M’s student body elections.

The reactions have been wide, and many people are asking why Perry, the head of an important federal department, is taking the time to weigh in on a university election.

This year’s student body election was contentious, with popular vote winner Robert McIntosh being disqualified after failing to report glow sticks on an expense report. Bobby Brooks, the second-place finisher, was named the student body president.

Brooks, who happens to be gay, is the first LGBTQ+ student body president in Texas A&M University history.

In his op-ed, Perry questions whether McIntosh’s disqualification was warranted.

“In its opinion, the Judicial Court admitted that the charges were minor and technical, but, incredibly, chose to uphold the disqualification, with no consideration given to whether the punishment fit the crime,” wrote Perry. “The desire of the electorate is overturned, and thousands of student votes are disqualified because of free glow sticks that appeared for 11 seconds of a months-long campaign. Apparently, glow sticks merit the same punishment as voter intimidation.”

Perry’s main question was, in fact, whether or not McIntosh was disqualified so that diversity could prevail.

“Every Aggie ought to ask themselves: How would they act and feel if the victim was different? What if McIntosh had been a minority student instead of a white male? What if Brooks had been the candidate disqualified?” wrote Perry in his op-ed. “Would the administration and the student body have allowed the first gay student body president to be voided for using charity glow sticks? Would the student body have allowed a black student body president to be disqualified on anonymous charges of voter intimidation?”

Philosophy major and Texas A&M junior Allen Junek asked if Perry would be compelled to comment on the issue if Brooks were heterosexual.

“Just last year, TAMU was on the list of the most unfriendly campuses towards LGBTQ+ persons. As an LGBTQ+ person at Texas A&M, I am proud of the progress our university has and is making,” said Junek. “But as an Aggie, I am ashamed of Perry. Shame on him for using the authority of his office to propagate an opinion he doesn’t have knowledge nor authority to comment on.”

Communication and Spanish major Alex Luna ’17 said that he has mixed emotions on Perry’s statements. He noted that Perry, who has a long history at Texas A&M and in the state, has strong connections to the campus and, therefore, the right to express his opinion.

He also doesn’t think the election

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Bus with anti-transgender message is vandalized in NYC

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A bus promoting an anti-LGBT message was vandalized on Thursday, March 23, 2017, as it was parked near United Nations headquarters in Manhattan in New York City. (Photo: National Organization for Marriage)

NEW YORK -- A bus spreading a message against transgender culture was vandalized near United Nations headquarters early Thursday evening while it was parked, according to the head of one of the three groups organizing the bus tour.

The "Free Speech Bus," as it is called by organizers, was parked near the UN for a scheduled event when two people approached, scratched it with a key, cracked windows with a hammer, and spray painted slogans such as "Trans Liberation," Brian Brown, president of the Washington-based National Organization for Marriage, told USA TODAY.

The people on board the bus traveling between points in New York, Connecticut, Washington and Boston were inside the UN for an event, but the driver was with the vehicle, Brown said. The driver tried to protect the bus and was tackled but not hurt by one of the vandals, Brown said.

Brown's organization put together the bus tour along the East Coast along with Citizen Go, a social activism group that works through online petitions, and the International Organization for the Family, a Washington-based group that promotes "the natural family."

"Boys are boys and girls are girls - it's very simple," Brown said of the bus tour's purpose and message. "We don't want men in girl's restrooms. We don't want schools and our law attempting to say that people are bigoted simply because they understand that there's a difference between male and female."

Of the alleged vandalism, Brown said, "If they thought that would silence us, they were totally wrong."

The New York City Police Department said it took a report on the alleged vandalism and that it is being investigated as an incident of criminal mischief.

The bus received a tumultuous reception in New York, a city known for its open support for LGBT rights and for its number of organizations supporting the LGBT community.  Brown said as the bus made its way through New York's streets, it was greeted with the thumbs up from some people, and "some other hand signals" from others.

Pro-LGBT organizations condemned the intention of the bus, calling it the "Hate Bus."

"Free speech is a constitutional right, but language has consequences that must be considered," Jessica Stern, executive director of OutRight Action International, a pro-LGBT rights organization based in New York, said in a statement e-mailed to USA TODAY.

"Trans youth already have an extremely high risk for violence, discrimination and suicide. Broadcasting a message that erases and denies the reality that transgender and intersex children and youth exist (sic) is irresponsible, factually misleading, disrespectful and dangerous," Stern said.

Gillian Kane, senior policy adviser at Ipas, an international women's health and reproductive rights organization, is calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio and the New York City Council to denounce the message of the bus.

Media representatives at City Hall did not immediately respond

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