Kao Xiong, father of 4-year-old who fatally shot 2-year-old brother, charged with two felonies

Categories: Crime, Tragedy
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Xiong's boys were playing when his 4-year-old accidentally shot and killed his 2-year-old brother (pictured above).
Kao Xiong left a loaded semi-automatic pistol with no safety wedged between pillows and a mattress in his home's master bedroom. On December 5, his 4-year-old son grabbed the gun and accidentally shot his 2-year-old brother in the stomach. The boy later died.

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Yesterday, Xiong, 31, was charged with two felonies in connection with the tragedy -- second-degree manslaughter and child endangerment. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

A WCCO report provides details about the shockingly unsecured state of the firearms in Xiong's Cedar-Riverside area townhome:
The gun was one of at least eight firearms Kao Xiong was keeping inside the home, including bolt action and semi-automatic rifles. One of the guns at the residence had been reported stolen from a residence connected with Kao Xiong and was used in an armed robbery last year before being returned to its owner (someone who was not Kao Xiong, police said).

Kao Xiong told police that he lives in a separate address from his wife and children, which is where the shooting happened.

He said that he put the gun, which he brought to the house in a holster, underneath the mattress because he couldn't take his gun to work with him at an area mental health clinic. He told police he'd never put the gun in that spot before, but his wife said that he stored the gun there regularly.
According to WCCO, Xiong told police he had the guns for hunting purposes.

The day after the tragedy, Xiong did a brief interview with KARE 11.

"The number one issue is lock your gun every time," Xiong said, adding that what happened the day before was "terrible."

"This will change my life," he told KARE. "The world is totally different."

Unfortunately, thanks to the felony charges, Xiong may have to experience his tragically altered world from behind bars for some time.

In a news conference yesterday, Hennepin County Mike Freeman addressed the difficulty of charging a parent who has just lost a child.

"It's hard to charge a case in which a parent has suffered the most tragic condiditon known to parenthood -- the loss of a child -- but the laws are there for a reason," Freeman said, according to the Star Tribune. "This is senseless."

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jo1glex
jo1glex

I'm terribly sorry this idiot had 8 guns lying around a houseful of little kids.  I'm sorry one of the guns was in a diaper bag.  I'm sorry he disassembled the safety on a semi-automatic pistol he then hid, loaded, in a bed.  I'm sorry he had ammo spread all over the house.  Due to this guy's appalling irresponsibility, it was inevitable that a little kid was going to get shot.  Yes, he needs to go to jail, if only to serve as a lesson to others who can't get it through their thick heads that these tools are dangerous.  The only thing these tools do is make holes in people.  And yet, these morons leave them lying around in a houseful of toddlers.  They'd take more care with a kitchen knife or a handsaw than they do with semi-automatic weapons.  It's unbelievable.  It's at least second-degree manslaughter.  It's inexcusable.  If this weren't a gun incident; had it been an incident with a car, or a circular saw, or rat poison, nobody would be making excuses for this guy.

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

Remember folks. It's like the NRA says.  The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.   Why wasn't the 2 year old armed?   The 4 year old never would have shot an armed 2 year old.  Maybe that's a little silly but maybe we could have had an armed guard in the house.   Also, can we please find out what video games these two were playing?  Or what Hollywood filth this 4 year old scumbag was watching?    How about more mental health spending?   What drives a 4 year old to kill?   Of course the one thing we know isn't the problem is guns.  There is no way the gun owner with his reasonable 8 guns is at fault. 

Dee Finkelson
Dee Finkelson

anybody that doesnt know how to keep the gun out of children's reach needs their gun permit to be taken away.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

While I think he should serve time for willful ignorance & irresponsibility, the father should not serve the maximum sentence. Parents needs to be held accountable for their lack of foresight especially in these circumstances. It is the only way to get the message across about guns and children.

Bradford C. Walker
Bradford C. Walker

No time in prison will stop the life sentence that he's already serving. He's not without empathy, nor without conscious, so I see no need to imprison him; there no penalty that is worse than what he's doing to himself. Anything more is just theater for the blood-thirsty crowd.

Melissa Niederkorn
Melissa Niederkorn

"The number one issue is lock your gun every time," Xiong said, adding that what happened the day before was "terrible." Exactly, which is why this guy should go to jail. He is absolutely responsible for the loss of his child and the damage that his other child will have to live through now. Considering that the story states he had a gun stolen previously and also used in a crime - this guy doesn't get it! It's not hard to put triggerlocks on your weapons - you can get them for free. This isn't a tragedy - this is something that could've been easily avoided.

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

Wow. I'm done trying to talk sense to people who don't have any. Now I remember why I never read the comments on these things.

Roger Her
Roger Her

what if you had a teenage son... who stole your gun to shot someone, would the father be at fault??

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

So everyone should be getting alternative forms of punishment, rather than having to pay the consequences of their actions by being locked up for a bit?

Sheepy T. Sheep
Sheepy T. Sheep

I'm confused about this: "One of the guns at the residence had been reported stolen from a residence connected with Kao Xiong and was used in an armed robbery last year before being returned to its owner."

Sarah Kennedy
Sarah Kennedy

A person bringing firearms around children is responsible for ensuring the weapons are secure... he absolutely should go to prison. His irresponsibility killed that child.

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

It's certainly sad that he lost his son, but he was grossly irresponsible, and he needs to face the consequences for his actions. Having a firearm around a child is repulsive, as is, but leaving it within reach of a four year old is downright ridiculous. Saying he could face ten years doesn't mean he will. A judge will likely take into account the tragedy he faced when sentencing him. But implying that he doesn't deserve any kind of punishment is absurd.

Frank Derpa Lerpa
Frank Derpa Lerpa

so he was coaching the children into shooting each other? I don't understand how the actions of one hu(man) are the fault of someone else did he control his childs hand?

Eric Shawn Smith
Eric Shawn Smith

WTF? 8 firearms? Where did this guy think he was, Compton?

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

Nope! You don't get to experience the "free nation" if you can't even perform simple parenting skills when it comes to things like owning a gun and you let a child shoot it at another child...

Frank Derpa Lerpa
Frank Derpa Lerpa

isn't him losing a child bad enough; what's going to happen to this person in prison, i'll be reformed into a hardened criminal and our people will have one more peace of work to deal with when he gets out? what kind of free nation is this?

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jo1glex These NRA gun nuts don't care how many children get killed by guns.  They are the worst.

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