Multiple Shootings in Pingtung County may be Related: Police

A man turned himself in and handed over an assault rifle, magazines, and ammunition today after 22 shots were fired at the gate of a house in Kanding Township, Pingtung County in the early hours of the morning, December 11. It is the third shooting incident in the area to be reported in the last three weeks.

Gate of a residence on Shewei Road that was shot at in the early hours of the morning.
Gate of a residence on Shewei Road that was shot at in the early hours of the morning.
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Suspect who turned himself in for shooting at a gate in Kanding Township.

Police received a report that shots had been fired at around 2:00am this morning. Investigators found 17 bullet holes in the gate of the residence, and 22 bullet casings at the scene.

Later in the morning, a 27 year-old man named Chen, with no previous criminal record, turned himself in to police at the Dong-gang Police Station, claiming responsibility for the shooting. Chen surrendered an assault rifle, two magazines, and 10 bullets.

Chen claimed that he bears a grudge against the nephew of the homeowner and fired the shots to vent his anger. Chen said that he realized that he could not escape the long arm of the law, and therefore decided to turn himself in.

Just 12 days ago, on November 29, shots were fired at the gate of a private temple (Chen Gong-guang) on Changxin Road in the neighboring Nanzhou Township at around 5:00am. Investigators found 3 bullet holes in the gate, and 16 bullet casings at the scene. Later that morning, a 22 year-old man named Zeng, with no previous criminal record, turned himself in to police. The suspect also handed over an AR-15 assault rifle and a handgun.

Zeng claimed that the shooting was to vent anger about an NT$10,000 debt.

AR-15 assault rifle used in the November 29 shooting.
AR-15 assault rifle used in the November 29 shooting.
The gate of a private temple or ancestral shrine on Cangxin Road.
The gate of a private temple or ancestral shrine on Cangxin Road.

Two days before the shooting incident on Changxin Road, two people were involved in a shooting over a debt dispute.

Police are currently investigating the case and have not ruled out the possibility that the cases are related.

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Assault rifle used in this morning’s shooting incident in Pingtung County.
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