City man shot in cockfighting conflict

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A man in Ho Chi Minh City was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly shot and injured another man in a cockfighting gambling conflict.

Police said Luyen Danh Tam, a 29-year-old ex-convict, held two guns in his hands to bring down Thai Phi Hung, who was coming with many men to take care of Tam, news website VnExpress reported.

Investigation revealed Tam was the leader of a cockfighting group in Binh Chanh District. The group had won the fight earlier that day but failed to receive their money because the other team said cheating was involved.

Hung, 40, a player at the game who did not play with Tam's team, had negotiated for the team to receive half of the bets.

Tam was angry with Hung's negotiation and had chased him with a knife after being informed about it.

Hung managed to run away but came back later with his friends to take revenge, only to be shot.

Police found Tam with two guns loaded with eight bullets, a clasp knife and a sword that looks like a Katana. The man said he bought the guns from a former co-prisoner in Hai Phong in northern Vietnam for VND4 million (US$190).

Six more falchions and a big knife were found in his room.

Tam was released from prison a year ago. He used to serve three verdicts for illegally storing heroin , deliberately causing injuries and robbery.

Police are launching further investigation to look for more people involved.

Cockfighting is a traditional game in Vietnam but has been turned into a gambling sport. In September last year, police busted a gambling den that held matches worth US$7,200 each.

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