A 7-Eleven storekeeper is in critical condition after being stabbed in the chest by a man who tried to steal potato chips from the convenience store.
The 39-year-old victim, surnamed Cheng, was found unconscious behind a counter, bleeding profusely, Apple Daily reports, citing investigators.
He was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital and later moved to Queen Elizabeth Hospital where he is in stable but critical condition.
Cheng sustained a four-inch wound to his chest, doctors said.
He was preparing for his dinner break when the incident occurred at around 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
It began when the suspect walked away from the convenience store in Yau Ma Tei with a packet of potato chips without paying for it.
Cheng followed him outside the store and demanded payment.
When the suspect refused, Cheng called the police.
The two quarrelled briefly then fought inside the shop. The suspect whipped out a knife and began stabbing Cheng.
The suspect fled as his victim lay bleeding on the floor, according to investigators.
They are looking for a South Asian man who was caught on the store’s surveillance camera.
A knife handle was found outside the store but the blade was missing.
Investigations are continuing.
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