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Anchorage man charged with attempted murder of pregnant woman

By Hope Miller Photojournalist: Heather Hintze - 10:53 AM June 21, 2014

Woman unable to move from the neck down, police say


A 24-year-old man was formally charged Saturday after shooting the mother of his four children in the neck, shattering her spine, police say.

According to witnesses, the shooter, James Vue, had gotten into a fight with 23-year-old Michelle Moua about missing money Friday night at a trailer in the Mayflower Circle mobile home park, located at 1001 Boniface Parkway, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Anita Shell in a statement.

The argument escalated and James Vue pulled out a handgun, firing two shots at Moua, who is also seven months pregnant, Shell said. One of the bullets entered her neck, which shattered her spine. When police arrived on scene, Moua was able to speak and said she couldn’t move anything below her neck, charging documents say. The four children and James Vue’s mother and father were present at the time of the shooting, Shell said. The oldest child is 6 years old.

Pao Vue, James Vue’s father, said he had been cleaning a tool in the kitchen when James Vue and Moua were arguing about missing money. Pao Vue said he heard a gunshot and turned around to see James Vue holding a pistol.

“He yelled at James Vue and asked him what he was doing,” charging documents say. “About thirty seconds later he heard another shot. When he turned around he saw Michelle Moua falling.”

The woman was hospitalized and is in critical condition. The unborn baby is not in danger at the moment. Although not legally married, the Hmong couple is considered wedded within their culture, Shell said.

Vue was arrested and charged with first-degree attempted murder. He also had a warrant for failure to appear in court on a domestic violence charge and has a criminal history of violence. He is slated to return to court on June 24.

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