Police in Ca Mau Province, located in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta region, are probing the murder of a man who was shot in the chest after an argument linked to his VND1.5-million (US$61.40) debt, a local official confirmed on Tuesday.
The fatal incident happened on Monday evening in Nam Can District. Nguyen Van Duong, a 29-year-old native of the district, is the confessed shooter.
At around 6:00 pm the same day, Duong steered a small boat toward a farmer’s hut where the victim, N.M.P. was looking after his shrimp farm, to collect a debt and both of them got into an argument over the money.
Duong got angry and took out his homemade gun to shoot P. in the chest before running away toward the nearby sea.
Three hours later, Duong threw the gun into the sea and turned himself in to police.
At the police station, Duong admitted to shooting P. because the latter had borrowed VND1.5 million from Duong but repeatedly failed to pay it back.
Duong added that he shot P. in the chest after P. was about to beat him with a stick.
According to a police report, P. died due to puncture wounds in his lungs and heart.