Police in Vietnam are searching for a senior police officer for allegedly shooting dead four gamblers and seriously injuring another over a quarrel in Ho Chi Minh City, authorities said on Thursday.
The incident occurred on Wednesday when 33-year-old police officer Le Quoc Tuan allegedly opened fire at a group of fellow gamblers in the Cu Chi district of Ho Chi Minh City, according to Cu Chi police.
Four gamblers died at the scene and one is in a critical condition in the hospital, police said.
Local newspaper VnExpress reported Tuan joined the gambling ring, but lost all his money and subsequently had a quarrel with the other gamblers.
The suspect left, returned with a gun, and fired at the people in the ring, according to the report.
He also killed a dairy cow nearby before allegedly stealing a scooter from one of the gamblers and escaping with the weapon.
The case is under investigation.