Gunman kills one, injures five in New Taipei City

A man opened fire during a charity event held by a temple in New Taipei City on Wednesday (Sept 20), killing one and injuring five others.
A man opened fire during a charity event held by a temple in New Taipei City on Wednesday (Sept 20), killing one and injuring five others. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM FACEBOOK ACCOUNT OF TVBS NEWS

NEW TAIPEI CITY - A man opened fire during a charity event held by a temple in New Taipei City on Wednesday (Sept 20), killing one and injuring five others, including the temple’s chief and nephew of former Legislative Yuan lawmaker Mr Lin Kuo-ching.

A volunteer at the event, a 60-year-old man named Lai Kuo-he, was hit by a bullet in the back and later died from his wounds, reported The China Post.

The shooting took place at around 1pm in the city’s Tucheng District when the temple was handing out rice and food to the public.

The China Post reported that Mr Lin Li-tseng, the ex-lawmaker’s nephew and temple chief, was reportedly shot six times from behind, according to the hospital that treated him.

The hospital also said Mr Lin, 48, lost all his vital signs when he was rushed to the hospital but his condition later stabilised.

According to local media, two women and a 70-year-old man were also shot, while another woman in her 50s was reportedly injured in the commotion. All were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition.

The 20-year-old suspect, Chen Chi-lun, later turned himself in to the police.

In his statement, Chen claimed that he was seeking revenge for his “boss”, a man surnamed Huang, who was gunned down in a carpark in the Tucheng district a few months ago, allegedly over a drug-related dispute.