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Charges: Malina's Sports Bar owner shot after stopping pool game

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

According to charging documents filed against two men accused in a deadly triple shooting at Malina's Sports Bar in St. Paul, the gunfire broke out over a dispute that began when the bar's owner told the pair they could no longer play pool because the bar was closing.

On Tuesday, prosecutors charged 22-year-old Cheng Vang, of Minneapolis, and 26-year-old Yia Her, of Oakdale, Minn., with one count of second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder in the shooting. If convicted on both counts, Vang and Her face a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Vang was arrested around 1 p.m. Wednesday. Her remains in custody at the Ramsey County jail.

Charging documents accuse the two of intentionally killing the bar's owner, 45-year-old Vone Moua, and attempting to kill two employees, both men aged 30 and 37. The shooting happened around 2:40 a.m. Sunday, St. Paul police said.

According to the criminal complaint, Malina's employees told Her and Vang, his brother-in-law, that they needed to end their game of pool and leave at 2:15 a.m. because it was time for the bar to close.

Her complained to Moua that he had paid to play for two hours, but Moua repeated that the bar was closing. Moua then told Her he would play a game against him with a specific wager: If Her won, he could play for two hours -- but if Moua won, he'd have to leave.

Charging documents state that Her grew angry and made a phone call overheard by the disc jockey in the bar, asking the person where they were and urging them to come to the bar. Her then left without accepting Moua's challenge.

Shortly after leaving, Her allegedly returned and began pounding and kicking on the bar's front door, which was locked. Moua gave a waitress permission to open the door, and Her reentered with Vang.

Moua approached Her and resumed the discussion about the money spent on the time to play pool, the two began to push each other. Moua and others pushed Her toward the door when Vang was seen reaching out toward Moua with a metal object in his hand. 

The 37-year-old disc jockey told police he initially thought the object was a knife until he heard the gunshot that struck Moua in the head. When the shooter then turned the weapon at him, he instinctually grabbed it and a bullet grazed the back of his neck as the gun discharged.

One of Moua's friends who was also at the bar to help him close was also shot in the left side of his body underneath his armpit. The bullet traveled through the 30-year-old's body and lodged near the right side of his neck.

Officers ran the license plate of a 1992 Mitsubishi 3000GT that was in the parking lot and found it was registered to Her. A bartender also identified him as one of the two men involved.

Upon locating Her, who was holding a baby at the time, police asked if he knew why they were at the door. He said, "Yeah, I know." As police were arresting him, officers noticed a blood-stained white T-shirt atop a clothing pile that matched an earlier description of what he wore on Sunday night.

After he was advised of his rights, Her admitted calling Vang to say Moua refused to reimburse the $20 he paid to play two hours of pool before being asked to leave and told him to bring a gun if he had one. He added that he intended to use the weapon to scare Moua into giving him the money back, but forgot to ask Vang if he had the weapon before going back in the bar.

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