Hong Kong police hunting for gunman in suspected shooting

HONG KONG, April 13 (Xinhua) -- China's Hong Kong police are hunting for a man who shot and hurt another man with a suspected gun in the Sham Shui Po district in Kowloon, the head of Hong Kong Police Force said Saturday.

The police, highly concerned about such violent crimes, are hunting for the suspected gunman in full force, said Lo Wai-chung, commissioner of police of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government.

The two men were brawling near a underground railway station at around 10:30 pm local time on Friday, when one of them pulled out a suspected gun and shot the other in his right arm, according to Hong Kong police Sham Shui Po Divisional Commander Chow Ngai-kong.

Members of the Police Tactical Unit, Emergency Unit, Counter Terrorism Response Unit and Railway Response Team have been dispatched to search for the suspected gunman.

The injured man was admitted to a hospital later for treatment, and was in a stable condition, Chow said.

The West Kowloon regional crime unit is investigating the case, Lo said, adding that the preliminary investigation showed the incident was due to a dispute over money.

Lo stressed that Hong Kong has very strict laws and rules for gun control, and its number of cases involving guns in each of the last five years was five or less.

In some of the previous cases, guns were mailed from overseas, he said, adding the Hong Kong police have been working closely with Hong Kong customs and overseas law enforcement bodies in preventing arms from arriving in Hong Kong.