A case of “pull my finger” gone wrong?
Just where was this thing propelled from?
[quote]Mystery shrouds girl wounded by bullet
TAIPEI, Taiwan, The China Post staff
Kaohsiung police are waiting for the results of lab tests to solve the mystery shrouding a girl wounded by what is claimed to be a bullet not fired from a gun at the home of a Democratic Progressive Party lawmaker.
The girl, identified only as Shen, is still in critical condition at the Kaohsiung Veterans General Hospital, where a copper shard was removed from her neck Wednesday.
Shen was shot by what her boyfriend, Tien Tzu-yung, claimed was the bullet of a cartridge he had picked up at a night market, police investigators said.
Tien was quoted as saying he dropped the cartridge as he was trying to show it to Shen and another girl at the home of Legislator Hsu Chih-ming at Taliao near Kaohsiung.
According to Tien, the hand-made cartridge exploded as it hit the floor. The bullet hit Shen’s neck, causing bleeding from her right carotid artery.
An empty cartridge shell was found at the room of Hsu’s son. Also discovered were two fragments of Tien’s bullet.
Investigators found no gun, however.
A mobster fumbled while loading his remodeled pistol in a hurry and dropped the cartridge, Tien told investigators. The youngster said he picked it up and tried to show it to the girls and Hsu’s son like a trophy during their stay at the latter’s house.
The lawmaker, who rushed back home from Taipei at noon, denied reports that he was bringing pressure to bear on investigators to cover up for his son.
“I need a thorough investigation,” Hsu said.
He said the empty shell shows no sign of a firing pin hit. “That means,” he added, “it wasn’t fired from a gun.”
Hand-made cartridges might explode on contact with hard objects, Hsu claimed. He said he keeps no firearm.
One police investigator said hand-made grenades might explode just as Hsu said. “But, it is highly likely, if not impossible, that an such cartridge may explode,” he added.
Such cartridges have been reported to explode and burst the barrels of remodeled guns, the investigator said.
A Kaohsiung district prosecutor did not rule out the possibility that the bullet came out of the gun, which had been taken away from the scene before police arrived.
The prosecutor wanted investigators to question more closely the two boys and the girl. “Under pressure,” he added, “they may tell different stories.”
“At any rate,” the prosecutor said, “lab results will tell us what has happened.”