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Man jailed for shooting, owning drugs

A DRUG user who shot a man in the leg with a homemade gun after a quarrel was sentenced to 33 months in prison, a local court ruled yesterday.

The shooter, Chen Rongbin, 34, was convicted of three crimes including intentional injury, illegal possession of firearms and illegal possession of drugs, Hongkou District People's Court officials said.

Prosecutors said Chen was playing a game on a machine in a game room at 710 Tangshan Road at 8pm on December 16. He had a dispute with a worker at the room, Lu Guang, because Lu ignored Chen's request for help with the machine.

The pair went outside to settle their dispute when Chen suddenly took a gun out of his bag, shot Lu in his left leg and fled, the court was told.

Chen was caught by police six days later and was in possession of drugs weighing 63.24 grams including ketamine, methamphetamine, marijuana and nimetazepam, which is a hypnotic drug and a benzodiazepine derivative.

Chinese citizens are banned from trading or owning guns. Chen said he got the homemade gun and four bullets from a friend. He said he intended to scare Lu but was so angry that he fired. Lu was taken to a hospital and the bullet was removed.

Prosecutors said Chen had been jailed five times over theft and drug-related charges.

In May 2012, Chen was given six months of detention for illegal possession of drugs. Chen was also fined 1,000 yuan (US$162) in that case.


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