A 22-year-old man bled to death after being shot twice in the abdomen by a man who felt slighted in a dispute over taxi called to a KTV in Kaohsiung City in the early hours of the morning, December 29.
At around 2:00am, two groups were singing at a KTV on Zhonghua Road in Qishan District when a university student named Chen called a taxi for his friends.
At around the same time, a 37-year-old man named Shih, who manages a local hotpot restaurant, asked staff at the counter to call a cab for his companions. Shih and his group then went outside to wait for the taxi.
When the taxi arrived, Shih saw his friends to the cab. Chen and his group then rushed out of the KTV and asked why Shih and his friends had grabbed their taxi.
A scuffle broke out between Chen and Shih, after which Shih said to Chen, “If you have the guts, don’t leave.”
Chen ignored the warning and stayed, waiting for another taxi to arrive.
Shih took off on a scooter and went to his house nearby, grabbed a handgun and returned to the KTV. Shih shot Chen twice in the abdomen, then fled the scene.
KTV staff called emergency services, and Chen was rushed to hospital but was declared dead a short time later.
Police investigators recovered two spent bullet casings at the scene.
Shih, who has no previous criminal record, turned up to a police station accompanied by a lawyer at around 9:00am this morning, and turned himself in.
Apple Daily described Shih as the owner of a popular restaurant, somewhat of a local celebrity, and active in local affairs.
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