Date
19 July 2019
Police cordon off the area where a gun-related incident took place in Sham Shui Po on Friday night. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK
Police cordon off the area where a gun-related incident took place in Sham Shui Po on Friday night. Photos: HKEJ, RTHK

Police hunt for man after Sham Shui Po shooting incident

Police are looking for a man believed to have been involved in a shooting incident in Sham Shui Po on Friday that caused injuries to a 33-year-old male.

According to authorities, shortly after 10 pm on April 12 two men were seen locked in a fierce quarrel in an area close to Sham Shui Po MTR Station.

In the incident that took place along Cheung Sha Wan Road, one of the men used a metal rod to attack the other after exchanging strong words, before the other pulled out what appeared to be a pistol and shot the victim in the upper right arm.

After receiving a report from a passer-by, the police dispatched personnel from various units — including the tactical, emergency, counter-terrorism response, and railway response teams — to search for the suspected gunman.

But they found no trace of him.

Meanwhile, a number of officers went to Caritas Medical Centre to conduct an investigation after they learnt that the victim had gone there on his own to seek medical treatment.

At around midnight, the injured man was transferred to Princess Margaret Hospital under police guard.

The person, who is said to be 33 years in age and from the mainland, was in stable condition, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The police, meanwhile, launched a manhunt for the assailant, who is believed to be in his 30s to 40s.

Initial investigations suggested that the two men had faced off each other because of a financial dispute, Police Commissioner Stephen Lo Wai-chung told the media on Saturday.

It is not known what type of gun was used in the attack.

Police are highly concerned about such crimes involving violence, Lo said, adding that the police’s Kowloon West regional crime unit is doing its best to capture the gunman.

The police chief pointed out Hong Kong has seen only five or less cases involving real guns annually in the past five years.

Guns, in some cases, were mailed from overseas, Lo said, adding that the police will work closely with the Customs and Excise Department and foreign law enforcement authorities to exchange intelligence and enhance interception work.

In the latest case, the wounded man was arrested for possession of offensive weapon on Saturday after he was discharged from hospital.

After investigations, police on Sunday arrested two women, aged 44 and 32, in Kowloon City for possession of imitation firearms, and a local man, aged 29, in Yau Ma Tei for wounding with intent, RTHK reported.

The 44-year-old woman is understood to be the suspected gunman’s girlfriend.

Amid the investigation, police also seized two imitation firearms in a flat in Shum Shui Po.

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