From his home on the 34th floor of an apartment block, a 40-year-old man took potshots with an air gun at anything below him.
One bullet hit an 83-year-old pedestrian talking to neighbors on the street after his morning exercise on Wednesday, almost killing him, Apple Daily reported Thursday. Many bullet holes were found on the Ho Man Tin Estate street.
The shooter has been arrested.
In a door-to-door search of the building after the shooting rampage, policemen with machine guns found in the suspect’s home, which is about 100 metres from where the old man was shot, nine long and short air guns with boxes of lead bullets and plastic bullets, the report said.
The victim, who was shot in his chest, is in critical condition in hospital. The bullet was lodged in the shoulder bone of his upper left chest.
The air guns have been taken away for ballistic examination to determine if they have been illegally modified.
Judging from the shooting location, the speed of the bullet that hit the old man is estimated to be 300 kilometers per hour, Ming Pao Daily quoted Lo Kok-keung, a visiting engineer at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, as saying. The power is enough to get the bullet through a 2.5-centimeter telephone directory. Lo estimated the air gun produced around 13 joules of power.
Under Hong Kong law, an air gun that produces more than two joules of power is considered a firearm.
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