Fri, Aug 22, 2003 - Page 2 News List

Politician killed in street

GUNNED DOWN Shen Wen-teh of Hsinying City in Tainan County was shot dead by two suspects while on his way to work and was dead on arrival at a local hospital

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Shen Wen-teh's car was cordoned off by police investigating yesterday's shooting.

PHOTO: WANG HAN-PING, TAIPEI TIMES

A local politician in Tainan County's Hsinying City was shot dead while driving to work yesterday morning.

Police said Shen Wen-teh (沈文德), the 38-year-old chairman of the Hsinying City Resident Representative Committee, was hit eight times -- four times in his left hand, twice in the right, once in the chest and once in the stomach. He was dead on arrival at a local hospital.

Tainan County police said they are searching for two suspects who rode up on a scooter as Shen's Mercedes C-class sedan stopped at a traffic light.

"We are looking for two suspects, who wore full-face motorcycle helmets and were on a scooter without a license plate," said Chuang Hung-chang (莊鴻璋), the chief of Hsinying Precinct of the Tainan County Police Department

"The lack of a license plate and the hidden faces will slow down our investigation process but it should not be difficult for us to identify them," Chaung said.

The police said that they received a call at 8:37am that someone had opened fire on the driver of a Mercedes at the intersection of Sanmin and Minchuan Roads and the driver appeared to be dead.

When the police arrived at the scene, they discovered Shen slumped over the steering wheel of his car, which had plowed into a shop selling kitchen furnishings.

Family members told the police that Shen had received a phone call around 8am and left home as soon as he got off the phone.

Witnesses told police that the two suspects approached Shen's car when it stopped at the traffic light and the rider on the scooter pulled out a pistol and opened fire.

The suspects fled on the scooter as Shen's vehicle slowly moved to the left of the road and into the store.

The police said Shen had a criminal record and had served time for murder before entering politics nine years ago.

Family members told police that in the past few months Shen had often changed both his cellphone numbers and cars without giving any explanation for his actions.

The police said that the KMT politician was described a short-tempered person whose attitude had created many political enemies, but his friends had told them that he had always treated them generously.

"We are trying to figure out whether Shen had recently had any arguments with anybody, including local gangsters," Chuang said.

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