Political leaders in Taiwan have agreed that a fresh inquiry should be launched into a mysterious shooting incident during the presidential campaign five years ago. Former vice-president Annette Lu Hsiu-lien, who was one of the targets, said yesterday the investigation could 'help mend the serious divide between the blue and green camps that has torn Taiwan apart for the past five years'. During a campaign rally in the southern city of Tainan with then president Chen Shui-bian on March 19, 2004, a day before the election, a bullet struck Ms Lu's right kneecap and another grazed Chen's abdomen. Chen won re-election the next day by a margin of 0.2 per cent. The pan-blue coalition - led on a joint ticket by Lien Chan of the Kuomintang and James Soong Chu-yu of the People First Party - suggested the shooting was staged to garner sympathy votes. The pro-independence green camp, led by the Democratic Progressive Party, alleged that the shooting had been plotted by the pan-blue coalition, along with the mainland, to try to kill Chen and suppress the pro-independence movement he supported. At a news conference, Ms Lu said: 'There has to be a fresh probe with a credible finding to convince both camps and ease their confrontation.' Ms Lu, who believes she was the primary target, criticised prosecution authorities for abruptly closing the case without providing a credible answer to the public. In early 2005, the Chen government named a drowned man as a possible assailant. Ms Lu, who recently published a book, The 3-19 Shooting Re-examined, said she was sceptical about the finding as she did not think there was just one man involved. 'There was only a 0.3 of a second difference in time when the first bullet struck my knee and the other grazed president Chen's abdomen,' she said, maintaining that a second firearm had to have been fired at the same time. She said the shooting 'definitely was not staged by president Chen' because she noticed that he was shocked to find that he was injured and she could tell from his reaction that he was totally caught off guard. She said the new government headed by Ma Ying-jeou of the KMT should 'spare no time in launching a fresh probe, instead of just focusing on Chen's trial'. The former president is facing trial on corruption charges. At the Taipei Detention Centre, Chen also called for a new investigation. 'The KMT is now the government, and without any burden and pressure. [Chen] hopes Justice Minister Wang Ching-feng can lead the special investigation taskforce to launch a fresh probe of the case,' Chen's top aide, Liu Tao, said after visiting Chen. KMT spokesman Lee Chien-jung said party chairman Wu Poh-hsiung had proposed in a party meeting this week that the Ma government reinvestigate the case.