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Two Milwaukee women shot and killed in rural northern California

Posted at 4:52 PM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-17 19:23:59-04

SISKIYOU COUNTY, Calif. — Authorities in northern California are searching for a suspect in the shooting deaths of two Milwaukee women, in what the sheriff calls, "an outrageous attack of violence."

According to the Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office, investigators discovered 49-year-old Rosey Vang and 81-year-old Mor Hange with gunshot wounds in a rural area about three miles northwest of the city of Dorris, Calif. Sheriff Jon Lopey said the women were found in and near a "makeshift dwelling" where he believes they were living, and "multiple rounds were fired."

The sheriff said investigators found an illegal marijuana cultivation site on the property, but said it's not clear if the attack was drug-related. He said investigators know of at least one other person who lived on the property.

The sheriff said the crime is unusual in that the alleged shooter or shooters targeted the occupants of the dwelling.

Seng Vang, Rosey Vang's son, said the family is in shock.

"It's still shocking to hear that something like this happened to my mom," Vang said.

Vang said his mother had left about two months ago to visit family in northern California. He believes Hange was a close friend of his mother's, and he also believes his mother was getting a "farming job." Vang said his mother leaves behind eight kids, including a five-year-old son.

"I've never seen my mom sad," Vang said. "She always smiles when things are bad. She's a strong woman. She's always happy all the time. She loves her kids."

Sheriff Lopey said they are "very concerned" and "very determined to solve the case."