Real-life gangster drama as shot triad leader crashes his way to hospital

Top News | Erin Chan 9 Sep 2020

A man believed to be a triad leader who was shot in the chest by a motorcycling-riding gunman early yesterday saved himself by speeding 1.6 kilometers to hospital and crashing into three taxis on the way.

The 45-year-old man named Yim but more familiar as "Crazy Yung" of the notorious Wo Shing Wo triad society based in Tsuen Wan was targeted over what police believe is rivalry within the gang over protection money.

He was driving his white Mercedes-Benz after a late dinner in Jordan that went past midnight, which was when he noticed he was being tailed by a motorcyclist.

And when he stopped for a traffic light on Austin Road near the BP International Hotel the motorcyclist - masked and wearing a black top and blue jeans - pulled in behind him.

In a 10-second burst of action the motorcyclist moved alongside Yim's car, produced a hand gun and shot him in the chest through the car's front-left left window, shattering the glass, The action was captured on dash cam footage.

The hitman tried to fire a second shot but Yim moved fast, running a red light and turning right into Canton Road. That was when the gunman sped away. Police said later it seemed the gun had jammed, which gave Yim the chance to flee.

Bleeding from a wound in the left side of his chest, Yim roared away for Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei.

At the junction of Jordan Road and Parkes Street he swerved from the fast to the slow lane as there was a vehicle in front of him.

But then he hit three taxis in the slow lane, leaving one spinning.

None of the taxi drivers was hurt, but the Mercedes raced on with dents and red paint from the taxis on its front and left hand side.

The car screeched to a halt outside block A of the hospital and Yim rushed to the emergency room.

Surgeons removed a bullet from Yim's chest. He suffered a fractured sternum and had air trapped in his chest cavity.

He remained in hospital and was in serious condition last night.

As for the rivalry that led to the shooting, sources said it could spring from a row over HK$200,000 in protection fees collected at the Kwai Tsing container terminals.

Yim was also linked to a frozen meat-smuggling syndicate that police and customs officers busted earlier. Police classified the shooting as attempted murder, and the case was being investigated by officers of the Kowloon West Regional Crime Unit.

Officers in bulletproof vests arrived on Canton Road to search for clues early yesterday. One find was a cartridge case near the traffic lights at the intersection of Austin and Canton roads.

Officers also searched the BP International Hotel and a subway along Canton Road for the gunman. Street sleepers were also questioned. And officers checked CCTV footage from shops on Woosung Street and Bowring Street.

But the gunman remained at large last night.

A taxi driver named Chong who witnessed the collisions of the Benz with the three taxis said several vehicles had been stopped at the traffic light at the junction of Jordan Road and Parkes Street.

And Yim had honked repeatedly before he crossed from the fast to the slow lane and bumped into the three taxis, Chong said.

"His car drove past my taxi before bumping into the taxis," he said. "I thought the driver was drunk or drugged and I remained unfazed. I didn't know he was shot."

The Benz that Yim was driving is owned by a mahjong parlor.

Among other things, Yim is known as being a top enforcer for the Wo Shing Wo.

The Tsuen Wan-based gang is known to be involved in various criminal activities including gambling, prostitution and drug trafficking. Police talked of Yim having a criminal record that was very thick, with car theft and burglary among activities.

In early 2008, Yim was one of a number of people charged for offenses including car theft.

They allegedly carried out burglaries and snatched valuables worth more than HK$1.5 million - a case that involved the gang using a stolen seven-seater vehicle as a getaway car.

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