Friday, March 19, 2004

Taiwanese shooting - 3 of 3 (see early two posts)

From the BBC:
..."The bullet hit the vice-president in the knee first, then the president," Wang Hsin-nan, a lawmaker from Mr Chen's Democratic Progressive Party told TVBS television.

The Taiwan Election Commission says that Saturday's vote will go ahead.

"According to the election law, the election will proceed unless one presidential candidate dies," an official told the Reuters news agency.

The BBC's Chris Hogg in Taiwan says the president and vice-president were being driven in an open-top car through crowds of supporters when the shots were fired.

Local TV showed what appeared to be bullet hole in the windscreen and Mr Chen's spokesman said that a bullet had been removed from the president's stomach.

Reports said that no-one was arrested at the scene.
The story is changing already - either getting more accurate or less, but definitely changing. The VP was shot now in the knee, not the ankle. I'll be really curious to see how many bullets were used, and where they came from, and who is blamed for this (and who is ultimately responsible, which may or may not be the same thing.)

Early reports are saying the president is not really hurt, that people shouldn't worry, etc. Let's hope the story stays that way.


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