A man was shot at least 7 times at close range as he sat in his car on a street in Danshui (Tamsui) District, New Taipei City, shortly before 3:00am this morning. Chen Wenzhong, 47, was rushed to hospital, but did not respond to efforts to resuscitate him, and was declared dead at 4:15am.
Chen drove to a residence in Hsinchun Street to pick up his 24 year-old fiance. As Chen sat in his BMW outside the building, a man following on a motorcycle approached the drivers door and fired 8 shots. Chen suffered gunshot wounds to his head, shoulder, and abdomen.
Upon hearing the shots, Chen’s fiance ran down the stairs and found Chen laying in a pool of blood. According to reports in Liberty Times Network and ET Today, the fiance and friends drove Chen to a local hospital, but he had lost vital signs by the time they arrived.
Chen Wenzhong had a number of criminal records, including murder, firearms, and drugs offences. Fifteen years ago Chen was charged and convicted of the murder of Lu Qingfang (呂清芳), the uncle of current DPP legislator Lu Sun-ling (呂孫綾). Lu Qingfang was shot dead as he stood smoking outside the door of the Night Garden Tea House in October 2003.
After serving time in prison, Chen was released on parole in November 2016. Police have not ruled out “past grudges” as a motive for the killing.
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