BROOKLYN — A man was convicted of murdering another man after a Sunset Park wedding in a revenge killing sparked by a decades-old feud between two families in China, prosecutors said.
Wu Long Chen, 46, of the Lower East Side, fatally shot Ying Guan Chen, 68, on Dec. 7, 2015, after the two attended a wedding reception at the Golden Imperial Palace restaurant on Sixth Avenue in Sunset Park, the Brooklyn District Attorney's office said.
The shooting stemmed from a dispute more than 20 years ago between the gunman and the victim, who was the father of Wu Long's former neighbors in China, prosecutors said.
Wu Long and the victim's sons feuded over the shooter's family constructing another floor on their building that hung over the home of Ying Guan's family, according to the DA. One of Wu Long's relatives was seriously injured in a physical fight between the two families, leading the gunman to hold a grudge and ultimately target Ying Guan decades later when he couldn't find the victim's sons.
On the night of the killing, Wu Long trailed the victim after leaving the wedding reception, where the two sat at different tables, and shot him in the head, chest and arm near Seventh Avenue and 61st Street, prosecutors said. Ying Guan managed to walk into a Popeye's Chicken after the shooting and collapsed, later dying at the hospital.
Wu Long fled New York after the shooting and was captured in Laredo, Texas, on Dec. 31, 2015, while trying to flee to Mexico, prosecutors said.
He faces 25 years to life in prison for his conviction on one count of second-degree murder and one count of criminal weapons possession. His sentencing is set for July 17.
“This defendant held a grudge for more than 20 years and used deadly violence to settle a score," acting DA Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. "A dispute that should have ended in a village in China instead resulted in gunshots on the streets of Brooklyn. He has now been held accountable for his actions."