Police in Ho Chi Minh City's Phu Nhuan District have concluded that Huynh Van Giao, 46, was killed when the gun he was playing with went off on Wednesday, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported Thursday.
Ho Thi Bich Hanh, 29, wife of the deceased man, told the newspaper that there were four people in the house on Wednesday (January 16) evening and all were in the second floor.
Hanh was with a woman in a room while Giao and his relative, only identified as Hoang, was in the room next to her room.
Hanh said she heard a blast and ran into the adjacent room, where she saw Giao lying in a pool of blood, clutching his bleeding chest.
Giao was rushed to the hospital but did not survive.
On early Thursday morning, Hanh and the other people in the house were summoned by local police.
Neighbors said they heard a blast which they thought was a bursting motorbike tire, only to soon witness unconscious Giao being taken to the hospital.
Police found at the scene a pen gun, a miniature type of pistol used in assassinations or other attacks conducted within a radius of five to ten meters, and bullet's shell casing. While searching Giao's house, they found another gun of the same type.
Giao had served time in prison for drug trafficking.
The HCMC People's Committee has asked the city police to encourage residents to hand in all the weapons they may be keeping, and to punish any who refuse the order.
The country has seized several guns, swords, daggers, blackjacks and other weapons being smuggled or trafficked. Weapons have been seized during ordinary criminal investigations and from those caught red-handed carrying weapons on their person.
Pen guns were first detected in Vietnam in 2008 when police in the port city of Hai Phong confiscated two such guns in a drug trafficking bust, according to a Cong An Nhan Dan report last June.
They then also brought to other parts of the country including Quang Ninh Province, Hanoi and HCMC. Originally, the guns were smuggled into the country from China, but have more recently been reproduced illegally within in Vietnam, the newspaper reported.
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