Oct 10, 2014 6:20 PM by Debbie Cobb
A tragic case of mistaken identity cost an innocent man his life. New information was released late this afternoon on the gang related shooting on Highway 70 in Oroville.
22-year-old Ker Vang, a known gang member, was arraigned this afternoon on a half dozen criminal charges, including first degree murder, assault with a firearm with an allegation of great bodily injury, shooting in an occupied motor vehicle and 3 additional counts of assault with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement.
According to District Attorney Mike Ramsey, Vang shot and killed 19-year old Jar Pao while he drove on highway 70 near Nelson Avenue in Oroville early Monday morning. A second victim remains hospitalized. He was shot through his cheek and mouth. His mouth is wired shut and he cannot speak. He is not being identified for his own safety. Both victims had no affiliation with gangs what-so-ever and Ramsey says it was a tragic case of mistaken identity. The shooting was not in retaliation for the shooting near K-Mart in Chico Saturday afternoon.
Vang was wanted in Butte County on drug charges dating back to 2013 when he allegedly opened fire on the car Monday. Vang will be back in court for further arraignment next Thursday. In the meantime, he's being held on three-million dollars bail. If convicted on all the charges, Vang faces 50 years to life in prison.