Driver, wife under fire in Ma On Shan

Local | Jane Cheung 9 Feb 2018

Police are hunting a night-time shooter with an air rifle who hit a car three times with pellets and then a woman walking nearby in Ma On Shan.

A 25-year-old man named Cheung was driving past Kam Fung Court with his wife at about midnight on Wednesday when he heard "three noises."

In a instant what proved to air-gun pellets struck the windshield and the roof. That made him and his wife exit the car rapidly and call police.

As he was making the call Cheung looked around and saw lights go out and curtains being drawn in a flat in a nearby building.

A woman pedestrian was also shot when walking past Cheung's vehicle. But she left the scene before police arrived.

Responding officers later found a mirror in a nearby car park had been hit four times, and around 100 bullets were found on the ground outside Kam Fung Court.

The case has been classified as criminal damage.

Cheung also revealed this was not an isolated incident, claiming his car has been a target more than 10 times in 12 months.

Such shootings are menace, he said. "If a driver is shot, he could lose control and hit pedestrians."

Police were back at the scene yesterday afternoon, checking around for more pellets and speaking to residents in surrounding buildings with a particular focus on flats facing the road where Cheung and his wife came under fire.

A district councilor's assistant said he had heard reports of children playing with air guns in a nearby park, with one hurt. That was an isolated incident, however, and he had not heard residents complaining about attacks similar to the one on the Cheungs.

But he was worried about an air rifle with the power to damage the car park mirror from what appeared a considerable distance.

A Kam Fung Court security guard at the scene yesterday said he had not heard complaints from residents about the use of air guns, and the shooting at the car had come as a shock.

According to the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance any air gun with a muzzle energy greater than two joules is defined as a firearm. Illegal possession of such weapons can lead to a prison sentence of up to 14 years and a fine of HK$100,000.

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