National Police Agency Director-General Wang Cho-chun (王卓鈞) yesterday announced the arrest of an alleged gunman suspected of involvement in two shootings in Taipei earlier this month.
His arrest draws a line under five shooting incidents that took place within 24 hours in downtown Taipei.
“The suspect, surnamed Liu (劉), was apprehended in Nantou County’s Sinyi Township (信義) at 5am this morning in a joint action by Taipei City Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division and the Criminal Investigation Bureau, along with the gun that he used, and the remaining bullets,” Wang told a meeting of the Legislative Yuan’s Internal Administration Committee.
“He is currently being interrogated to gather more details on the case,” Wang said.
The full name of the suspect, Liu Sheng-ti (劉勝笛), was disclosed by the Taipei City Police Department at a separate meeting. The police said Liu allegedly fired two shots at 32-year-old Huang Hung-kai (黃宏凱), an alleged member of the Bamboon Union gang — one of the three major gangs in the country — who was sitting at a table in an open-air coffee shop at Breeze Center, a shopping mall located in Taipei City’s Songshan District (松山), on April 17.
Later, Liu moved to a nearby nightclub and allegedly fired another shot, the police said.
According to Wang, the two crimes were committed by the same person.
The two shootings marked the fourth and the fifth shootings in downtown Taipei within a 24-hour span, while another shooting also took place in downtown Taipei last month, raising doubts among the public over the police’s ability to maintain security.
Liu’s arrest means that suspects in all the incidents, except for a suspect who fired shots in a bank robbery last month, have been taken into custody.