A 68-year-old man was shot dead in Brooklyn, New York, in what was reportedly a revenge killing for a family feud provoked in a Chinese village two decades earlier.
Yingguan Chen attended a wedding on Dec. 7 and was shot in the head, chest and forearm after he left, according to the New York Daily News.
Yingguan rushed into a Popeyes restaurant immediately after he had been shot.
“Somebody help me! Call the police! Call the police!” Yingguan shouted as he entered the fast food restaurant, according to the Daily News.
“I’m going to die, I’m going to die,” he repeated several times, according to the New York Post.
Police were initially unsure of the motive behind the shooting. Yingguan had no criminal record, and his wife could give no reason as to why he would be a target.
Chen’s son and daughter subsequently spoke out about the family feud with Wu Long Chen, 45, who was arrested for the murder.
“The killer and my father were neighbors in China about 20 years ago,” Yingguan's daughter, Vicki, told The Post. “They got into arguments because he would throw trash into my father’s yard.”
Chinese authorities got involved in the dispute after it became physical. They fined both families the equivalent of $1,000 to try and put an end to the matter.
“The killer brought his many brothers over and tried to intimidate our family,” Yingguan’s son, Gary, said. “The killer was pushing our mother around and hurt her arm. It got violent, and the Chinese government brought the police.”
A law-enforcement source agreed with the victim’s relatives that Yingguan did nothing wrong.
“The victim was completely innocent,” the source said. “This was a way for [Wu Long] to exact his revenge.”
Wu Long attempted to flee to Mexico but was detained and later returned to New York. His charges include murder and weapons violations.