Police in Ho Chi Minh City said Wednesday that they had launched an investigation into a case where a small group of people attacked a Vietnamese man with guns and robbed him of many valuable possessions.
According to local authorities, 35-year-old Nguyen Thanh Nhieu, residing in District 8, failed to collect the VND40 million (US$1,754) loaned with interest on March 28 to an acquaintance named Bao, who even provoked anger from him.
At around 6:00 pm on Tuesday, a man identifying himself as Tam made a phone call to Nhieu, saying that he wished to discuss how to deal with Bao, who also owned him a debt.
Two hours later, Nhieu arrived in his car at the rendezvous in Ho Chi Minh City’s suburban district of Binh Chanh, where he met Tam, another man and a woman.
Coming nearer to Nhieu, the new man out of the blue took out what the victim described as a revolver, attempting to shoot him but the gun did not work.
Tam, using another revolver lookalike, fired multiple shots, all missing Nhieu.
The shooters then used threats and violence to rob the man of three mobile phones, two golden rings, one wristwatch, and a wallet containing VND60 million (US$2,632) and papers.
Police found at the scene a spent yellow cartridge and documents related to the criminal group.