Man accused of running down, fatally shooting nephew at courthouse

A man accused of running down his nephew outside a Massachusetts courthouse before fatally shooting him multiple times was in court Friday. Chenghai Xue, 44, is accused of hitting his 23-year-old nephew, Cong Wang, Thursday with a vehicle before shooting him several times in the head outside Cambridge District Courthouse on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. “The defendant then exits the Equinox, approached the victim and shoots the victim at close range in the head,” said prosecutor Ceara Mahoney. Video from Sky 5 Thursday showed multiple vehicles surrounded by crime tape, with local and state police vehicles surrounding at least three vehicles. A body was on the ground next to one of the vehicles. Investigators said 10 shell casings were found at the scene. Xue was found lying face down in the parking lot and was arrested at the scene. Wang, known to friends as Cowan, was studying computer science at Northeastern University.”He would always put up really strong outward appearance, but he was actually vulnerable if he revealed it to you,” Wang’s friend Kevin Lin said. 5 Investigates said documents show a complicated relationship between the suspect and his nephew. Issues between the two men go back at least two years when the suspect’s wife filed a police report saying she had an affair with Wang. She told police she tried to break it off, but Wang was threatening her, adding she believed he suffered from mental illness.”He strangled me, physically attacked me, went to elementary school to find my child without permission, attempted to enter my home on several occasions,” Xue said, according to court documents. Court documents include threatening text messages to Xue’s wife from Wang.”I will kill your family. If I don’t kill your family, I will commit suicide,” a text from Wang read, according to court documents. Xue was granted a restraining order against Wang in 2020. That restraining order was up for renewal on Thursday, but the judge did not extend it. The fatal incident occurred after the men were in court concerning extending the restraining order. Xue was held without bail Friday at his arraignment in Somerville District Court. Lin recalls Wang’s aunt being concerned about his mental health.”He reported him to a suicide-watch thing. They took him to a hospital for a few days,” he said.

A man accused of running down his nephew outside a Massachusetts courthouse before fatally shooting him multiple times was in court Friday.

Chenghai Xue, 44, is accused of hitting his 23-year-old nephew, Cong Wang, Thursday with a vehicle before shooting him several times in the head outside Cambridge District Courthouse on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.

“The defendant then exits the Equinox, approached the victim and shoots the victim at close range in the head,” said prosecutor Ceara Mahoney.

Video from Sky 5 Thursday showed multiple vehicles surrounded by crime tape, with local and state police vehicles surrounding at least three vehicles. A body was on the ground next to one of the vehicles.

Investigators said 10 shell casings were found at the scene. Xue was found lying face down in the parking lot and was arrested at the scene.

Wang, known to friends as Cowan, was studying computer science at Northeastern University.

“He would always put up really strong outward appearance, but he was actually vulnerable if he revealed it to you,” Wang’s friend Kevin Lin said.

5 Investigates said documents show a complicated relationship between the suspect and his nephew.

Issues between the two men go back at least two years when the suspect’s wife filed a police report saying she had an affair with Wang. She told police she tried to break it off, but Wang was threatening her, adding she believed he suffers from mental illness.

“He strangled me, physically attacked me, went to elementary school to find my child without permission, attempted to enter my home on several occasions,” Xue said, according to court documents.

Short documents include threatening text messages to Xue’s wife from Wang.

“I will kill your family. If I don’t kill your family, I will commit suicide,” a text from Wang read, according to court documents.

Xue was granted a restraining order against Wang in 2020. That restraining order was up for renewal on Thursday, but the judge did not extend it.

The fatal incident occurred after the men were in court concerning extending the restraining order.

Xue was held without bail Friday at his arraignment in Somerville District Court.

Lin recalls Wang’s aunt being concerned about his mental health.

“He reported him to a suicide-watch thing. They took him to a hospital for a few days,” he said.

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