Vietnamese man mistakes fellow hunter for monkey, shoots him dead

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Homemade guns are deemed illegal but still very popular in Nghe An Province. Photo credit: Lao Dong Homemade guns are deemed illegal but still very popular in Nghe An Province. Photo credit: Lao Dong

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Police in Nghe An Province in central Vietnam arrested a man for an investigation on Tuesday after he allegedly mistook another hunter for a monkey and shot him dead.
Lo Van Tuan, 21, shot Lo Van Chuyen, 19, with a hand-made gun when the two were hunting separately on Sunday.
Tuan saw a tree shaking and thought it was a monkey, but actually Chuyen was hiding there waiting for some animals himself.
The shooter first ran away and only gave himself up to the police later when they found Chuyen’s body.
According to news website VnExpress, forensic tests confirmed that the bullet ricocheted and got stuck in his nose. 
Police have seized both of their guns.
Private firearm ownership is a crime in Vietnam but some people still have homemade guns, mostly for hunting and also criminal activities.
It’s not clear if the two men were hunting in a permitted area.

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