Suspect arrested after taxi driver shot in Kaohsiung City

A man was arrested this morning, suspected of having shot a taxi driver four times in the back, leaving him to die on the side of the road, and stealing his cab.

The taxi driver, Mr Lee, 56, was found laying in a pool of blood on a sidewalk in Kaohsiung City’s Qiaotou District at around 8:30am yesterday, Sunday, February 10.

police attend to a man who was found shot and left for dead on the side of a road.
Police attend to a taxi driver who was shot and left to die on the side of the road in Kaohsiung City yesterday, February 10, 2019. Picture: Kaohsiung Police.

Struggling to remain conscious due to massive blood loss, Lee said to police, “I’ve no strength,” before losing consciousness.

Lee was rushed to hospital where surgeons removed four bullets from his body. Doctors estimated that Lee had lost 2,500 milliliters of blood, and he remained in a critical condition after the surgery.

Police investigators found no bullet casings at the site where they found Mr Lee, and the driver’s taxi was missing.

Yesterday afternoon, Lee’s blood-splattered taxi was located in a parking lot next to the Qiaotou Sugar Factory, around two kilometers away. A police forensics examination turned up two bullet shells inside the taxi.

police forensics examine taxi
Police forensics investigators examine a taxi found abandoned in Kaohsiung City after a taxi driver was shot and left to die on the side of the road. Picture: Kaohsiung City Police.

At around 7:40 this morning, police arrested a 49-year-old man named Luo in Zuoying District. Luo, a day laborer, revealed that he had shot Lee after Lee insulted him by saying, “I make a better living than guys like you.”

The two men had an altercation, and Lee pulled over to the side of the road. Luo drew a handgun, and fired four shots into Lee’s body from behind. After shooting Lee, Luo got out of the taxi, dragged Lee to the side of the road, then drove the taxi to the sugar factory, and transferred to the MRT to make his escape.

suspect arrested with handgun and bullets
Police arrest suspect in possession of gun and ammunition. Police picture.

During Luo’s arrest, police confiscated a handgun, two magazines, and 16 bullets. Luo was handed over to the District Prosecutor to face charges including attempted murder.

guns and ammo
Handgun, magazines, and bullets found in possession of suspect.

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Sources: United Daily News.

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