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Man killed by gunshot at legislator’s office in Sijhih

NIGHT OUT TURNS SOURFollowing an altercation at a KTV, the gunman followed Hsu Yi-hsiang and Shen Shih-chang back to the office in Sijhih and fired three shots

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Ming-tsai gestures as he talks to reporters in Taipei yesterday.

PHOTO: WANG YI-SUNG, TAIPEI TIMES

A man was shot dead yesterday morning at Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lo Ming-tsai’s (羅明才) office in Sijhih (汐止), Taipei County.

Police said they believe the deceased, Hsu Yi-hsiang (徐翊翔), 44, was a member of the notorious Heavenly Way Gang (天道盟), and Shen Shih-chang (沈世昌), who was injured in the incident, is also an alleged gang member.

The incident occurred at an office used jointly by Lo and Sijhih City Councilor Chen Tzu-yung (陳自勇).

Police said Hsu, Shen, Chen and two other friends returned to the office early yesterday morning after a drinking session at a KTV in Sijhih.

At 1:30am, a man entered the office, fired three shots at Hsu and Shen and left in a car that was waiting outside.

Police said Hsu, who was hit twice, died as he was being taken to hospital. Shen received a bullet wound to his foot and was in a stable condition.

The murder was the result of an altercation that had occurred at the KTV, police said. Hsu had apparently hit the gunman in the face at the KTV and then left and the gunman had followed them back to the office to exact his revenge.

Police said they have identified the gunman and the driver of the car.

Lo yesterday said he had nothing to do with the incident and that he has not used the office for more than two years.

Lo’s father Lo Fu-chu (羅福助), a former independent legislator, is said to have once led the Heavenly Way Gang, but Lo Ming-tsai has denied he has any relationship with the gang.

The Taipei District Court sentenced Lo Fu-chu to four years in jail on charges of corruption, fraud, breach of trust, usury, forging documents and the misappropriation of funds in September 2003.

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