Kaohsiung, Dec. 30 (CNA) The gunman suspected of shooting two men at an illegal drug factory in Kaohsiung the previous day, leaving one dead and the another critical, was found dead at a local cemetery on Friday.
The deceased suspect, identified as a 37-year-old surnamed Ssu (司), had been wanted by the police since 2018 for his alleged involvement in weapons related offences, murder and kidnapping for ransom, Kaohsiung City Police Department chief Lin Yen-tian (林炎田) said at a press conference.
Ssu’s body was found by police at a public cemetery in the city’s Daliao District at around 1 p.m. Friday with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot to the temple. The gun apparently used in the suicide was still in his hand.
On Thursday, police called to the scene of a shooting in a factory on Baofu Road in Daliao found a 55-year-old surnamed Yeh (葉) and a 40-year-old surnamed Huang (黃) with gunshot wounds to the head.
Huang, who was unconscious when the police arrived, was declared dead after being rushed to hospital.
An investigation by police found that Ssu, Yeh, Huang and three other suspects were involved in operating the narcotics factory to make amphetamine and other illicit drugs.
Two of the three other individuals have been identified as Lee (李), the leader of the group, and Mai (麥), who rented the factory to carry out the illegal operation and who called the police after finding Yeh and Huang severely injured at the factory on Thursday.
A dispute between the men likely prompted Ssu to shoot Yeh and Huang, police said, adding that Lee who was arrested and questioned led investigators to another rented location in Pingtung County where they found various types of drugs, including ketamine.
The police chief said the suspects involved in the case have been arrested but the authorities are now looking to apprehend other unnamed individuals engaged in related criminal activities.