Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) yesterday urged the city’s police department to increase efforts to solve a recent spate of crimes, after its ability to maintain social order was called into question following five shootings within a 24-day span in downtown Taipei.
The first shooting occurred at 4:50pm on March 26, when a man ambushed armored truck guards outside the back door of Taiwan Business Bank’s Nanjing E Road branch, firing four shots before getting away with three bags of cash containing NT$12.5 million (US$417,000).
Seven days later, Wang Chung-ho (王重和), an off-duty police officer from the Zhongshan Precinct, was shot dead at a piano bar in Taipei after he and a friend surnamed Yang (楊) got into a dispute with wanted criminal Chen Chun-ta (陳俊達). After Wang identified himself as a police officer and got ready to call for backup, Chen allegedly fired 12 shots at the pair, killing Wang and Yang.
On April 3, a third shooting occurred at 9:40am when 66-year-old Techeye Optics Technologies Co president Lee Chien-fu (李建富) was shot in the leg and stabbed by a 17-year-old surnamed Ho (何), who allegedly ambushed Lee after staking out his company on Chengde Road for two days. After fleeing the scene, Ho turned himself in, saying he shot and stabbed Lee in retaliation over a traffic dispute.
At 4:17pm on Monday, two shots startled shoppers at Breeze Center, a fashionable shopping center in Songshan District (松山).
A shooter was seen striding toward Huang Hung-kai (黃宏凱), 32, an alleged member of the Bamboo Union gang — one of Taiwan’s three main gangs — who was -sitting by a table at an open-air coffee shop. The shooter fired two shots at Huang before strolling away from the scene, marking the first time a shooting has occurred at one of the nation’s department stores.
On the following day at 4:27am, a man named Wu Yao (吳耀), who was an alleged member of the Celestial Way gang was shot in the left foot and right knee in a drive-by shooting in front of a nightclub on the Songjiang Road in Zhongshan District (中山).
Translated by Stacy Hsu, staff writer