Stray bullet that hit hiker probably came from sea exercises

An investigation into an accidental shooting has found that a .50 caliber machine gun bullet found at the scene most likely came from a marine exercise in waters near Chai Mountain last Friday.

See previous story: Hiker suspected shot by stray bullet from military firing range

A 66-year-old man named Chen was shot in the ankle while hiking on Chai Mountain in Kaohsiung City December 11. Investigators at first believed that the bullet came from a nearby military shooting range.

On the day of the shooting a .50 caliber bullet was found around 200 meters from where Chen was shot. Blood traces on the bullet were DNA-matched to Mr Chen.

However, marines training at the military shooting range around 2 kilometers from the site of the shooting had been using handguns and rifles at the time, while the .50 caliber bullet could only have come from a machine gun.

The investigation then turned to a marine live fire exercise that was being carried out Friday morning, also around 2 kilometers from the site where Chen was shot.

Investigators now believe that the bullet most likely came from a .50 caliber machine gun mounted on a Marine Corps M8 speedboat. The M8 speedboats were being used in a simulated beach landing exercise at the time.

Wind and wave movement most likely caused the bullet to fly upwards on a trajectory that led to Mr Chen being shot on Chai Mountain, the investigators said.

Ballistic tests to match the bullet to a gun will take some time, military officials said.

map showing probable trajectory of stray bullet
Map showing probable trajectory of bullet that hit hiker on Chai Mountain.
Taiwan English News is an independent publication with no corporate funding. If you found this article informative, and would like to support my work, please buy me a coffee or support me on Patreon. Subscribe to Taiwan English News for free to receive the latest news via email. Advertising queries are welcome. Share, like, comment below.

Comment and discuss this story: While all opinions are welcome, comments will not be approved if they contain inflammatory speech.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.