Taipei – A lone gunman opened fire during a charity event held at a temple in New Taipei City Wednesday, killing one and injuring 5 including the temple’s chief and nephew of former lawmaker Lin Kuo-ching. The former lawmaker, who was also at the scene, described the attack as an execution.
The shooting took place at around 1 p.m. in the city’s Tucheng District when the temple was handing out rice and food to the public. The suspected gunman, the 20-year-old Chen Chi-lun, fired multiple times at Lin Li-tseng, the former lawmaker’s nephew and the temple chief, from behind. According to the hospital that treated Lin, he was shot six times, including one in the back of his head from a short range. Lin lost all his vital signs when he was rushed to the hospital but his condition had stabilized. A volunteer at the event, a sixty-year-old man named Lai Kuo-he, was hit by a bullet in the back and later died from his wounds.
Bullets also hit a sixty-year-old woman and a seventy-year-old man while a woman in her mid-fifties was injured in the commotion, according to local media. A woman was also reportedly wounded by a stray bullet discharged when the gunman was firing into the air.
The shooter later turned himself into the police, who suggested that the attack was related to the death of a mob kingpin shot at point-blank range in a carpark in Tucheng a few months ago. •
The China Post staff