Police fire shots in knife attack, three injured
THREE people were injured yesterday after Hong Kong police fired shots to stop a knife attack on a man, in a rare case of violent street crime in one of Asia’s safest cities.
Police said those wounded were two assailants and the man being attacked, and that all three were of “South Asian” origin.
“Five to six men, some of whom were carrying knives, were attacking another man,” police officer Ma Wai-hing said at the scene of the incident in the city’s commercial district of Yau Ma Tei.
“After verbal warnings were ignored, four shots were fired. Two men were shot,” he said.
The pair were arrested and hospitalised with wounds to the forearm and waist. They, along with the knife
attack victim, are in a stable condition, Mr Ma said.
Footage uploaded to the website of Chinese-language newspaper Apple
Daily showed a uniformed officer pointing a gun at a group of men – some of whom were wielding knives over a man on the ground – before shots were fired. The officer can be heard yelling “put down your weapon” in Cantonese. –
Police officers search for evidence at the place where police opened fire on a gang of men in Hong Kong yesterday.