Rich second generation to be tried for carrying guns

By Lu Na
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Wang Shuo (right) is charged for illegally carrying guns and ammunition.

Wang Shuo, director and vice general manager of the Beijing Wangfu Century Development Co., Ltd, has been charged on Sept. 1 by the Beijing Dongcheng District People's Court for illegally carrying guns and ammunition and deliberately destroying property.

The official indictment by People's Procuratorate of Dongcheng Beijing charges six in all, including Wang Shuo. Others are staff of his company. Among the six, two will stand trial for illegal trade in guns and ammunition as well as the destruction of police evidence, and three will be tried for deliberate destruction of property. All six have been confined in their respective residents awaiting trial.

Wang Ke, the husband of actress Liu Tao, was involved in a series of debt scandal this year.

Wang Shuo, reputed as one of the "Jing Cheng Si Shao" of Beijing (Literally the four rich second generations of the capital city), allegedly clashed with Wang Ke, another member of the infamous group, on Dec. 17, 2010. The two allegedly raced their cars on the streets of Wangfujing District, and the cars collided on the China Life Mansion intersection of Chaowai Street. According to the charges, Wang Shuo pointed a gun at Wang Ke during the resulting argument. Wang Ke called the police and followed Wang Shuo, who allegedly fled in his car while Wang Ke's car was burning on the street. The reported damage of Wang Ke's car is 199,000 yuan (US$31,156). Wang Shuo turned himself in on the next day.

Wang Ke's car is burning on the streets of Wangfujing.

Police found four guns, 2,000 lead bullets for pneumatic weapons and six live bullets in the underground garage of Wangfu Century Mansion and Wang Shuo's home. Wang Shuo allegedly asked his executive assistant, also surnamed Wang, to purchase the weapons from Tianjin a half year before the incident.

According to the indictment, Wang Shuo also asked the assistant to destroy or otherwise remove video recordings relevant to his whereabouts the night of the incident. Wang allegedly was able to delete the recordings and remove the surveillance equipments.

Wang Shuo was officially arrested on Jan. 25 and set on bail on June 2.

According to the criminal laws of China, persons convicted of illegally carrying guns and ammunitions could be sentenced to a maximum of seven years in prison. Those convicted of deliberate destruction of property can also receive a maximum seven-year sentence.

The charges also indicate that Wang Shuo has been involved in other car-related quarrels last year. On July 15, 2010, he allegedly had a scuffle with a man named Liu at the underground garage of Shin Kong Place and called in many people (including three of the suspects for the December incident) to break Liu's BMW car. Liu's vehicle damage is reportedly 26,500 yuan (US$4,150).

Wang Shuo, 29, is the son of Wang Zhicai, an Australian Chinese businessman, and the stepson of actress Wang Yan. Wang Shuo is also known for dating star actress Zhou Xun.

The four referred together as "Jing Cheng Si Shao" are respectively Wang Xiaofei, Wang Ke, Wang Yu and Wang Shuo.

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