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Police announce arrests in Banciao court gunshot case

By Shelley Huang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Police yesterday announced the arrests of four suspects in connection with a pellet gun attack at the Banciao District Court building in February.

On Feb. 12, eight panels of glass covering 10m of bulletin boards on the side of the district court were shot by lead pellet guns and shattered.

After four months of investigation, police found that the head of a criminal ring surnamed Yang (楊) had been engaging in suspicious activities in the Tucheng (土城) area, said Hung Jiunn-yi (洪俊義), head of the Taipei County Government Police Bureau of Sinjhuang Precinct’s Criminal Investigation Section.

Hung said police obtained a search warrant and discovered that Yang was using a carwash facility as a front for providing his basement to teenagers seeking to use prohibited drugs. Yang and three others in his ring are suspected of using lead pellet guns to shoot at the district court while under the influence of alcohol.

The three other suspects were surnamed Chen (陳), Kuo (郭) and Wang (王), Hung said.

Hung said police officers have been under enormous pressure to capture armed suspects ever since an incident in May — also in the same area — in which a man was killed by a stray bullet.

The four suspects have been arrested for violating the Statute Regulating Firearms, Ammunition, Knives and Other Deadly Weapons (槍砲彈藥刀械管制條例) and Narcotic Drugs Hazard Control Act (毒品危害防治條例).

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