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Hunter turns himself in after shooting two men

STAFF WRITER

A Kaohsiung man who went hunting on Monday night turned himself in after allegedly killing two men in the woods he had mistaken for wild animals.

Wang Jin-cheng (王金城), a 55-year-old volunteer firefighter in Kaohsiung's Taoyuan Township (桃源), told the police that he had borrowed a registered shotgun from one of his relatives.

Wang said he was hunting in the Hsiao Guanshan Forest Trail (小關山林道) at around 7pm on Monday and saw a light in a distance. He thought it was the reflection of an animal's eyes and started shooting.

It turned out the light was a fire started by Lee Chun-nan (李春男), Lee Chih-hong (李志宏) and Weng Da-yong (翁大勇) of Sanmin Township (三民). Police said the three had gone to the mountain to collect herbs.

Lee Chun-nan, 48, was hit in the chest and Lee Chih-hong, 29, was hit in the head. Both were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Weng told police that at the time the shots were fired, he was lying on the grass while Lee Chun-nan and Lee Chih-hong, were sitting on either side of him.

Wang said he had hunted a lot but but had never shot anyone before.

Police said Hsiao Guanshan is a suspended hunting area and Wang was hunting illegally. They said Wang was also in illegal possession of a firearm and the person who lent him the shotgun will be held accountable for giving the weapon to a second party.

Wang was released on NT$50,000 bail last night.

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