Three wounded in knife attack over Lennon Wall in Tseung Kwan O

August 20, 2019 14:39
A meat cleaver was found at the scene of the attack in a pedestrian tunnel in Tseung Kwan O on Tuesday morning. The HKEJ said one of the victims is a reporter of the newspaper who is on leave. Photos: TVB News/HKEJ

A man is said to have been arrested in connection with a knife attack that injured three people in a pedestrian tunnel where a Lennon Wall has been set up.

The suspect was reportedly arrested at the Lo Wu border checkpoint on Tuesday afternoon, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Hours earlier, police received a report about a wounding incident that took place in a tunnel connecting King Lam Estate and Hau Tak Estate, two public housing developments in the Tseung Kwan O.

One of the victims, a 26-year-old reporter at HKEJ, was in critical condition at Queen Elizabeth Hospital after suffering wounds to the head, shoulder and back.

The HKEJ said it condemns any violence and grieves to see an employee being injured. The reporter is on leave after tendering her resignation in early August.

Another woman, 35, and a man, 24, were also wounded and sent to Tseung Kwan O Hospital. The woman was in stable condition and the man was later discharged.

A witness said that shortly before the incident early Tuesday morning, a man in his 40s who spoke fluent Cantonese appeared a bit agitated as he was arguing with two women about the Lennon Wall, where people post messages in connection with the anti-extradition bill movement.

Then the man suddenly took out a meat cleaver and attacked the two women before he turned to another man whom he also attacked, the witness said. 

The assailant then fled toward one of the buildings of Chung Ming Court public housing estate, the witness added.

Police who reviewed footage from security cameras installed in the building said they saw the suspect remove his blue shirt and put on a dark red one before leaving the area.

A knife was found at the scene of the assault. A blue shirt believed to have been worn by the suspect was later found in the building. Police also found another knife in a trash bin at Chung Ming Court, but they could not tell if it was connected to the case.

According to sources, the suspect, aged 40 to 50 and about 1.7 meters tall, spoke with a mainland accent and had difficulty in mobility.

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said before a regular meeting of the Executive Council on Tuesday that police were following up on the incident and would handle it according to the law.

Lam said the SAR government condemns all acts of violence, and it is the common goal of everyone to end violence and chaos in society.

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