Police are investigating the source of a semiautomatic handgun used in a shooting incident at a park in Quarry Bay on Tuesday afternoon, in which an 80-year-old woman was killed and three others were wounded.
A 44-year-old woman was arrested at a nearby shopping mall, and a police search of her flat in Tseung Kwan O yielded three more firearms.
According to local media reports, the suspect runs a security company in Hong Kong.
Reuters described the incident as “a rare gun attack in a city ranked as one of the safest in the world”.
It happened at Quarry Bay Park near Cityplaza, a large office and shopping development in Eastern District, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
At about 3 p.m., police received multiple reports that a woman had fired shots at the park.
Heavily armed police officers wearing bullet-proof vests, including officers from the Counter Terrorism Response Unit, rushed to the scene and found two men and two women lying injured on a bench.
The park was then cordoned off and a manhunt was launched.
The victims, two men, aged 62 and 72, and two women, aged 60 and 80, were sent to Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital in Chai Wan.
The 80-year-old woman was declared dead at the hospital. The other woman was in stable condition after treatment, but the two men remained critical.
With the help of security guards at the nearby Taikoo Shing, officers were able to locate the suspect at Cityplaza. She did not resist arrest.
Seized from her was a pistol suspected to have been used in the attack, along with a box carrying 50 bullets. Nine had been used.
It was later learned that the victims were siblings while the suspect, surnamed Tsim, is their niece. It is also said that the victims and the suspect were having a feud over family assets.
Late Tuesday night, the suspect was taken to her flat at Kin Ming Estate in Tseung Kwan O, where three more firearms were discovered. She was then detained, and is facing charges of murder and attempted murder.
Hui Hong-kit, chief inspector of the Regional Crime Unit Hong Kong Island, told a media briefing that the female suspect had no record of mental illness.
She fired at least four shots at the scene, Hui said, adding that his team was investigating where she obtained the firearm.
Lawmaker James To Kun-sun, the vice chairman of the Legislative Council’s security panel, raised the possibility that the weapon was assembled in Hong Kong after parts were obtained through mail, RTHK reported.
Gun ownership is strictly controlled in the territory. Only licensed security firms are allowed to possess firearms and it is almost impossible for private bodyguards to be armed, the government broadcaster quoted To as saying.
After learning about the incident in Beijing, Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said she was very concerned about what happened. She wished the injured victims to recover soon.
In another speaking engagement, Lam referred to the shooting and assured the public that Hong Kong remains a very safe place, RTHK said.
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