Tuesday’s shooting incident at a Quarry Bay park has claimed a second fatality, with a 62-year-old male victim dying of gun wounds.
Chim Chun-ki, one of the four who was shot at by a woman, 44, due to a property inheritance dispute, breathed his last on Wednesday after severe wounds in his lungs, hand, and head.
He becomes the second person to die from the attack, after an 80-year-old lady succumbed the previous day after being shot at through the back of her head.
The other two victims remain in hospital, one in a serious condition and the other relative stable.
All the four gunshot victims — two men and two women — were maternal uncles and aunts of the suspect.
The tragedy is believed to have stemmed from an inheritance dispute over a Nan Fung Sun Chuen flat that belonged to the suspect’s grandmother.
The suspect apparently believed the relatives had embezzled her dead mother’s share of the inheritance, prompting her to launch a violent attack.
Following the attack, she was arrested at a nearby shopping mall, and in possession of a semiautomatic handgun.
A police search of her flat in Tseung Kwan O yielded three more firearms, and authorities have launched an investigation as to how the suspect managed to procure the weapons.
According to some media reports, it is possible that the woman may have brought her attack firearm overseas, using an account registered under the name of one of her aunts, and had it mailed to Hong Kong in parts.
Following the horrific shooting incident, LegCo security committee Chairman James To Kun-sun called on the police to reinforce their intelligence work and chase down suspicious companies which may be involved in smuggling in illegal weapons.
After a LegCo meeting on Wednesday, Secretary for Security John Lee Ka-chiu stressed that the law enforcement agencies ensure strict control on weapons.
“Anybody who wants to possess a gun, he must get the approval from the Commissioner of Police and a license in which the conditions including the use and storage of the firearms are very clearly specified,” Lee pointed out.
He added that intelligence gathering is vital to gun control and that Hong Kong is collaborating with other countries for information sharing.
Lee added that Hong Kong remains a very safe place, notwithstanding the incident this week.
“In 2017, the crime rate was the lowest in 46 years. Robbery cases had gone down by 35 percent in 2017, and there was no genuine firearms robbery last year,” the official noted.
The last firearm-related incident was on May 31, 2014, when a released prisoner killed his neighbor and shot himself later with a pistol in Kai Ching Estate, Kowloon Bay.