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Pedestrians hit with stray bullets from gang fight in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 13:09 GMT+7
Pedestrians hit with stray bullets from gang fight in Ho Chi Minh City
A man aims his hunting rifle at an animal (unseen) in Vietnam in this illustration file photo. Photo: Ngoc Khai / Tuoi Tre

An armed confrontation between two groups of men at a restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City last Friday resulted in five injuries, including two innocent pedestrians, according to police officers.

A source told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday that police officers in Binh Tan District had collaborated with the municipal police to inspect the scene of the crime at the Vinh Loc Restaurant in Binh Hung Hoa B Ward of Binh Tan District.

Legal proceedings are expected to be launched against the perpetrators for “intentionally inflicting injuries upon others,” according to the source.

“This case saw a total of five people injured, including two pedestrians hit by stray bullets,” said the source.

A preliminary investigation found that there was a group of more than a dozen people downing alcoholic drinks and singing karaoke in the restaurant last Friday evening.

While singing songs, a member of the group, later identified as Le Minh Hung, a 38-year-old resident of Binh Tan District, came into conflict with a man named Mai Cong Lich from the outlying district of Hoc Mon, who also came with his group.

The two groups were involved in a fight that dragged onto Lien Khu 4 and 5 Streets in the same ward.

Machetes and sports firearms were allegedly used by members of both groups.

Three men were injured by the weapons while taking part in the brawl.

In addition, two pedestrians, a man and a woman, were hit by stray bullets.

The man suffered a bullet wound to the abdomen, and the woman was treated for a bullet wound to the shoulder.

Police officers seized three gun cartridges, three machetes, and a motorbike which contained two knives covered with blood in a plastic bag.

The investigation is underway to bring the perpetrators to justice.

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