A 34-year-old man believed to have been involved in a shooting incident in Sham Shui Po on Friday has been arrested by the police.
The suspect, who was tracked down and caught in Kowloon City on Monday afternoon, is suspected of having shot a 33-year-old mainlander who holds a two-way permit, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports. Police accuse him of wounding with intent.
Initial investigation showed the incident resulted from a money dispute over gambling.
Police believe the mainland man was running a fishing machine game store in Cheung Sha Wan.
He reportedly accused the suspect of cheating in the game, in which points earned could be exchanged for cash.
The suspect left, returned with a friend, and confronted the store operator. A brawl ensued near the Sham Shui Po MTR Station, with the mainlander hitting the suspect with a steel pipe, and the suspect shooting the other in the right arm with what appeared to be a gun.
After his arrest on Monday, the suspect was escorted by the police to a flat in a building on Tai Nan Street to gather evidence. However, police failed to find the weapon involved in the case.
The mainlander was also arrested for possession of an offensive weapon on Saturday after he was discharged from hospital. He appeared in the Kowloon City Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday morning.
Police believed the weapon used in the case was not a real gun but a rebound hammer with pellets.
The 34-year-old man was escorted back to the scene of the incident for a reconstruction of the crime on Tuesday morning.
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