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University student shot in her school dormitory

University student shot in her school dormitory

A National Taiwan University student was mysteriously shot in her dormitory on Thursday evening in Taipei City. Police later found that the gunshot was fired by a high school student who accidentally triggered a pistol in his classroom that is located across the street from the NTU dormitory.
The 22-year-old male suspect Chou turned himself in to the police yesterday morning after remaining hidden for a night.
Chou, a student of the Kai Nan High School of Commerce and Industry, confessed that he was playing with a pistol he brought to the school, but had accidentally pulled the trigger and fired the shot around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.
The bullet traveled across the 50-meter-wide street and shot a NTU female student surnamed Wu in her dormitory on the fourth floor.
She was promptly sent to a nearby hospital and recovered after medication as the bullet had only grazed her stomach and right arm and did not cause any major injuries.
Wu later told the police that she was chatting with her classmates by the window when the gunshot occurred.
She wasn't aware that it was a gunshot until she found a bloodstain on her clothes and discovered that the window was broken and that there was a shell case in her room.
In reaction to the gunshot, Chang Liang-ping, director of Kai Nan High School's Night School Division, apologized to Wu for the accident, while adding that his school will compensate her for the medication and other related fees.
As to why the school did not know that Chou was carrying a pistol in the classroom, Chang defended the school by saying that the teacher thought the pistol was a toy gun.
He added that his school used to do a body search on every student before they were able to enter the campus about 7 or 8 years ago, but the regulation was changed some three years ago after students' parents and local scholars protested, saying that the move had violated students' human rights.
The Taipei Police later charged Chou for violation of the Guns, Explosives and Knives Control Act and sent him to the prosecutors.
Meanwhile, the police are still investigating the case and trying to determine the source of Chou's pistol.


Updated : 2020-12-01 08:04 GMT+08:00