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Gun may have been obtained in parts: James To

2018-06-27 HKT 12:24
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  • Police display the suspected murder weapon at Tuesday's briefing. Photo: RTHK
    Police display the suspected murder weapon at Tuesday's briefing. Photo: RTHK
Police are continuing their investigation into Tuesday's deadly shooting at Quarry Bay Park as they try to figure out the origin of the weapon believed to have been used, with private gun ownership strictly controlled in Hong Kong.

The vice-chairman of Legco’s security panel, James To, raised the possibility that the weapon was assembled in Hong Kong after the parts were obtained through the mail.

He said Hong Kong's rules on gun ownership are very stringent. Authorities only allow licensed security firms, which need to deal with the delivery of cash, to possess firearms and it is almost impossible for private bodyguards to be armed, To said.

Speaking on an RTHK programme, the Democratic Party lawmaker said it could be possible that gun parts were mailed to Hong Kong, and then assembled here.

Meanwhile, one of the victims shooting remained in a critical condition on Wednesday, while two others were in a stable condition. The 44-year-old woman arrested over the shooting was still in police custody.

Officers have said they believe a family dispute was behind the shooting, which killed an 80-year-old woman.

Speaking at a summit held by the American Chamber of Commerce, Chief Executive Carrie Lam referred to the shooting and assured the public that Hong Kong remains very safe. She said people don't have to worry too much over the incident.