Hooded gangsters shoot two in $1m Macau robbery

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 January, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 January, 1999, 12:00am

Hooded robbers shot and injured two men in Macau before stealing nearly US$150,000 (HK$1.16 million) yesterday - the fifth shooting incident in the enclave this week.

Three men were driving past a north Macau estate when they were stopped by the gang of four armed robbers about 8.40am.

The gang, three of whom were waving pistols, grabbed a bag containing the cash from inside the car. They fired at least five shots when the victims tried to stop them near the Wei Tak Garden Estate in Ariea Preta.

Two of the men were wounded before the robbers fled with the cash which had been brought in from the mainland and was believed to have been destined for underground money-changers.

One of the injured men, a 46-year-old surnamed Chen, was shot in the right leg and was also pistol-whipped on the forehead, while another man, also surnamed Chen and aged 37, was hit in the left leg.

Both were taken to the Government Hospital and were in fair condition.

A senior prison official was shot on Tuesday, the day after a man believed to be a casino loanshark was shot in his car by two men on motorcycles.

On Sunday, a businessman, suspected of being a 14K member, was shot dead as he entered a shop while a 25-year-old man was wounded in a separate shooting.