Neighbors recount final moments of rampage near Wausau

Hope neighborhood returns to normal
Posted at 7:17 PM, Mar 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-25 14:50:41-04

WESTON - Police investigation continues near Wausau where shooting suspect, Nengmy Vang, remains in custody for the deaths of three civilians and an Everest Metropolitan Police Detective Jason Weiland.  

“It’s just, you know, this is too close to home," Paul Dewitt said.

Dewitt lives across the street from the Aspen Street apartments in Weston --the final destination on the suspect's shooting spree. Dewitt's home is so close to where the action unfolded, police used the roof of his home for a better vantage point when trying to apprehend the suspect.

“The area started filling up with squad cars and then I kind of watched it unfold and I was trying to find out what happened," Dewitt said.

Where there once were squad card and activity Wednesday, now only the boarded-up side of an apartment unit remains. According to Dewitt, police used a heavy utility truck to break down the barrier. Dewitt managed to snap a picture from the living room of his home.

“All of a sudden he started heading toward the apartments and I thought, ‘Oh my gosh he’s going to hit it,’ and he did," Dewitt said.

"He actually smashed right into the apartments and took the whole side of the building out," he also said.

As Dewitt watched, his neighbor, Sandy Sopata, was trying to return to her home after a day of running errands. Sopata lives just a few doors down from Dewitt. Sopata said she watched Wednesday's aftermath while fielding calls from concerned relatives.

“There was a lot of stuff going on on this street," Sopata said.

"I mean it was just, it was total chaos,” she continued.

Chaos that cost three people their lives, and an officer. According to Sopata, Detective Weiland was shot and killed just a few feet from her front door.

“It’s hard to believe that all this happened," Sopata said.

"Very hard to believe," she continued. 


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