Gunman kills one, injures 5 at Taiwanese charity event

Taiwanese police at the scene of the shooting incident yesterday. The suspect said he was seeking revenge for his "boss".
Taiwanese police at the scene of the shooting incident yesterday. The suspect said he was seeking revenge for his "boss".PHOTO: TVBS NEWS/FACEBOOK

NEW TAIPEI CITY • A man opened fire during a charity event held by a temple in New Taipei City yesterday, killing one and injuring five others, including the temple's chief and nephew of former Legislative Yuan lawmaker 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 in the city's Tucheng District at about 1pm, when the temple was handing out rice and food to members of the public.

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

The hospital also said Mr Lin, 48, was rushed to the hospital and his condition later stabilised.

According to the 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 with the surname Huang, who was gunned down in a carpark in the Tucheng district a few months ago allegedly over a drug-related dispute.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 21, 2017, with the headline 'Gunman kills one, injures 5 at Taiwanese charity event'. Print Edition | Subscribe