SINGAPORE - What started out as a happy occasion took an ugly turn for a group of wedding revellers on Saturday (July 1) morning when a person allegedly fired pellets at the groomsmen's vehicles.
The incident occurred around 7am at Block 762, Woodlands Avenue 6, Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported on Saturday.
Two vehicles were hit by pellets that struck the windscreens and frames of the cars meant to fetch the bride.
The police told The Straits Times that they were alerted to a case of mischief at a carpark beside Block 762, Woodlands Avenue 6, at 7.45am.
ST understands that metal pellets were found at the scene. They are believed to be the sort found from air guns. No one was injured.
When Wanbao arrived at the scene, more than 10 police officers and investigators had cordoned off the area. Pellet holes were clearly visible on a white and silver car, which were festooned with wedding decorations.
The silver car belongs to Mr Liu Yuanqi, a 31-year-old who works in the IT industry.
He told Wanbao that seven groomsmen drove five cars to the location to escort the bride.
While they were playing gatecrashing games downstairs, one of the bridesmaids heard a shooting sound.
Mr Liu said: "I hurried and checked my car and found that the car window was broken. At first I thought it was just me who got hit, but my friend's car was also shot."
His friend, Mr Li Jinyong, a 31-year-old stockbroker, said his white car received at least six shots.
Mr Liu said there were at least 17 people present when the shots were fired.
"I've heard that such pellets can be quite deadly, it can even shoot through the car window, it's so dangerous," he said. "Luckily, no one was hurt and the bridal car was not hit, otherwise the wedding cannot go through as planned."
He said they were not anxious about their vehicles but instead worried they could not attend their good friend's wedding lunch banquet, as they stayed to aid in police investigations.
A resident who lives in the next block, Block 761, told The Straits Times that she heard a group of women making a very loud noise for about 15 minutes.
Said the 43-year-old primary school teacher who gave her name only as Madam Noor: “I didn’t hear the cars honking. Just a lot of ladies cheering repeatedly. They were very loud and I don’t know what the noise was about.”
Madam Noor, who shared photos of the police investigating downstairs, said gatecrashing happens in her neighbourhood “every three or four months”.
“A few months back, there was the same thing, but with very loud honking," she said. "Maybe the same resident got irritated. It seems that it’s very early in the morning - sometimes it’s not even 7am but earlier than that.”
Police investigations are ongoing.