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Five people were shot during temple celebrations in New Taipei City’s Tucheng District today and at least one is dead.
One of the victims is a gang boss named Lin Li-chang (林立昌) who belongs to the Heavenly Way Alliance. At the time of writing Lin is in a critical condition after being shot 6 times. Lin was not breathing and had no heartbeat when brought to the hospital, but was revived and is currently undergoing emergency surgery.
Doctors told media that Lin suffered bullet wounds to his head, face, chest, and waist.
A 60 year old man was shot in the chest, and a 70 year old man was shot in the buttocks. A 50 year-old woman suffered wounds to her limbs. According to investigations, and the confession of one of the gunmen who surrendered to police, Lin was the target of the shooting, and the others were hit by stray bullets as the gunmen chased Lin along the crowded street.
Shortly before 1:30pm, Lin and temple volunteers were partaking in a ceremony where they distributed rice to the poor, when a gunman suddenly drew a pistol and began firing at Lin. The gunman shouted “Finally, I take revenge for the boss.”
Police suspect that the shooting is related to the assassination of gang boss Huang Yilun (黃義倫) who was murdered in Tucheng as he sat in his Porsche SUV in June this year.
Three men were arrested in relation to Huang’s killing, but word on the street says that the assassination was orchestrated by Mr Lin, who was shot today.
A man in his 20s named Chen, carrying a gun, walked into a local police station in Tucheng and turned himself in later this afternoon. He confessed to police that the shooting had been in revenge of Huang’s murder.