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Case of suspected shooter rumored to be dismissed; investigation to continue

CNA , TAIPEI

Prosecutors are not about to end their investigation into the March 19, 2004 presidential election-eve shooting of the president and vice president in spite of a media report to the contrary, chief prosecutor of the Tainan Prosecutor's Office, said yesterday.

Kuo Jen-ni (郭珍妮) was responding to the media report that the investigative team will indict their prime suspect, Chen Yi-hsiung (陳義雄), on the charge of attempted murder, but since Chen apparently committed suicide shortly after the shooting, the court will dismiss the case.

Kuo said that officials were surprised by the report, adding that the task force still meets regularly.

The gun used in the shooting has yet to be recovered and Kuo said that law enforcement officials are still looking for it in the hope that it will turn up at some point.

The task force in the meantime is sorting out information compiled over the past year, and there is no timetable for closing the case, she said, adding that the task force will make an announcement when this happens.

Meanwhile, the Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) said yesterday that after the identification of the lone gunman in early March, most CIB agents of the task force have returned to their original posts and Hou You-yi (侯友宜), the CIB's commissioner, is now working on a report of the case.

It is initially estimated that the more than 100,000-character report will be divided into two parts on forensics and investigation, and will address the areas of the case still in question.

Some people wonder whether Chen really did drown himself after the shooting and remain unconvinced about the case since the weapon that was used has never been found.

However, the police have confirmed that Chen was in fact standing in the "hot zone" of the crime scene because he was filmed by a video surveillance camera.

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