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Identities released in Roseville murder-suicide at workplace

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    2 men die in workplace murder-suicide in Roseville

    Thursday, September 5 2013 11:21 PM EDT2013-09-06 03:21:07 GMT
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    Roseville police confirm both men who were shot behind the REI store in a strip mall were killed in a murder-suicide on Thursday afternoon.
    Roseville police confirm both men who were shot behind the REI store in a strip mall were killed in a murder-suicide on Thursday afternoon.
ROSEVILLE, Minn. (KMSP) -

The Roseville Police Department has released the identities of the two men who were killed in a murder-suicide on Thursday afternoon.

According to investigators, 44-year-old Cheng Vang, of Roseville, used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot and kill 33-year-old Joseph Yang, of Brooklyn Park, before turning the gun on himself.

The gunfire broke out at 4:15 p.m. near the warehouse bay of CPI Card Group, a greeting card manufacturer located at 1975 West County Road B2.

The preliminary investigation suggests Vang and his 37-year-old wife, Yong Vang, traveled to the office in their Toyota FJ Cruiser to meet with Yang, but the details of that pre-arranged meeting remain under investigation. 

Surveillance video shows the Vangs' vehicle parking near the loading docks, with Yang arriving in his Audi shortly thereafter and parking alongside them. Both men left their vehicles and spoke, but the motion-activated camera footage stops there. 

Police say Yang was holding a pen and paper documents when Cheng Vang pulled the gun and shot him multiple times before shooting himself in the head. Yong Vang witnessed the shootings and ran to her husband's aid, according to investigators. She was not injured and has been cooperating with investigators.

The gun used in the fatal shooting was legally purchased in May and was registered to Cheng Vang. It was recovered at the scene.

Although into motive has been specified yet, the preliminary interviews suggest Cheng Vang may have believed his wife was having an extramarital affair with Yang, who worked with her at CPI Card Group. Police believe the meeting may have been a ruse to lure Yang to a familiar location and say Cheng Vang may have used the documents to distract Yang before shooting him; however, investigators continue to interview family members and friends of both men.

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