TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- One man was shot and two men were stabbed during the tail end of a temple festival early this morning in the heart of old Taipei, reported TVBS.
A miaohui (廟會) or temple festival held by the Bangka Qingshan Temple (艋舺青山宮), in which Qingshan Wang (青山靈安尊王, King of Green Mountain) tours Taipei's Wanhua District, has been underway over the past three days. At 2 a.m. early this morning, as the last night of the festival was starting to wind down, reports came in of a shooting and two stabbings in the area.
However, based on a preliminary police investigation, they do not believe the incidents were directly related to the festival activities. Police are currently reviewing surveillance footage to clarify the circumstances of the assaults.
At 2 a.m. this morning, the fire department received a report that a fight broke out on the Huanhenanbei Expressway and that police on the scene requested medical attention for wounded persons on the scene. A 40-year-old man surnamed Wei (魏) had been shot in his right thigh and had been beaten unconscious.
Wounded man being taken to an ambulance. (Image from Facebook)
A 19-year-old man surnamed Lin (林) suffered a 7-cm-long knife wound to his shoulder, while a 29-year-old man surnamed Chen (陳) suffered a knife wound to his head and was unconscious. All three men were sent the hospital for treatment, but the details of the incident are not yet known and police are reviewing surveillance footage.
Police said that in addition to the three people who had been wounded, a car had been hit by bullets and two cartridge casing and knife sheaths were found at the scene, but no guns or knives were found. Police found that none of the three men had been taking part in the temple parade, and their preliminary assessment is that the fight was not directly related to the festival, however, the case is still under investigation.
The annual three-day temple fair started on Nov. 27 and the festivities included a pilgrimage through Wanhua by Qingshan Wang, a celebration at the Dadaocheng Xiahai-Chenghuang Temple (大稻埕霞海城隍), and a parade by Baosheng Dadi (保生大帝). The event is listed as one of the three major folk temple fairs in Taipei.
The last event consists of a parade that runs late into the night, and though police were out in full force to maintain security throughout the festival, unfortunately a violent confrontation still occurred.