Gunmen shot a couple traveling by motorbike in Mandalay’s Chanmyathazi Township on Monday, killing a woman and critically injuring a man, according to witnesses and local police.
Li Zhu Kuan, and her husband, Huo Lao Peng, left home just before the incident to go grocery shopping, according to the woman’s nephew.
“The woman was shot in her head and died on the way to the hospital. The man was shot in the chest and is in critical condition,” said the duty official of the Chanmya Thida social welfare group, which sent the pair to Mandalay General Hospital in its ambulance.
According to witnesses, two gunmen fired three shots and then fled. Locals ran after the gunmen and seized one man, who they handed over to the police.
“I was sitting in front of my home and saw two men shoot at a couple that was riding a motorbike. The couple suddenly collapsed and the two men ran away. People gathered and chased after them. One man was arrested about two blocks from the scene of the crime,” said U Than Win.
A pistol and 12 bullets were seized from the gunman, who is currently detained at Aung Pin Lae police station, according to the duty officer.
The duty officer confirmed the incident but refused to provide details, stating that the suspect had been questioned but that the case was still under investigation.
The nephew of the deceased woman told The Irrawaddy that his aunt Li Xiu Chuan and uncle Haw Lao Phein left the house just a few minutes before the incident to go grocery shopping. The police visited the family’s home, located a few kilometers from the shooting, on Monday.
The police visited the family’s home, located a few kilometers from the shooting, on Monday.