The party chief and top lawmaker of a province in northern Vietnam were shot to death this morning allegedly by the local chief forest ranger, who then shot himself.
According to witnesses, the shooting took place in the office building of the Party's committee of Yen Bai Province at around 7 a.m.
Pham Duy Cuong, 58, Secretary of the provincial Party's committee, and Ngo Ngoc Tuan, 52, chairman of the legislative People's Council, were in their offices in the building, preparing for a council meeting scheduled at 8 a.m.
Do Cuong Minh, head of the Forest Ranger Office of Yen Bai Province.
Do Cuong Minh, 53, head of the Forest Ranger Office of Yen Bai Province, went to Cuong's and Tuan's offices, respectively, and shot them multiple times with a handgun. He then shot himself in the head in Tuan's office.
The three officials were rushed to Yen Bai General Hospital where doctors strived to save their lives but in vain. Cuong and Tuan were pronounced dead at noon, while Minh succumbed to a fatal head wound at 1.30 p.m.
Doctors said Cuong and Tuan suffered gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
A government working group headed by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived in Yen Bai this morning following the shooting, according to the Government Office.
The scheduled council meeting was canceled, an official said.