Hong Kong police have apprehended six more men in connection with the gang shooting in Central earlier this month, bringing the total number of arrests to 16. The pistol involved has yet to be found.

Central shooting
Police investigating the shooting on Wyndham Street, Central on June 10, 2022. Photo: Almond Li/HKFP.

In the latest round of arrests on Monday, police detained six men aged between 22 and 43 over their involvement in the armed gang dispute on Wyndham Street, near the nightlife area of Lan Kwai Fong, on June 10. The Force said earlier that the skirmishes were related to illegal activities, including the uneven distribution of profits from selling drugs.

Senior superintendent Ho Chun-tung of the Organised Crime and Triad Bureau said the men arrested on Monday belonged to the gang that opened fire. Some were the registered owners of the vehicles involved in the case, while others were drivers and passengers.

Police on Monday found one of the three seven-seaters linked to the case in Kam Tin. Another seven-seater was found burnt at Pat Heung on the day of the shooting, while officers were still hunting for the remaining vehicle. Asked whether the pistol used in the shooting had been discovered, Ho said officers were still searching for the handgun.

Ho Chun-tung
Senior superintendent Ho Chun-tung of the Organised Crimes Bureau. Photo: Hong Kong Police Force, via Facebook.

“Unfortunately the gun that [was] involved in the shooting incident… we haven’t found it yet. But we are working on some leads and we are trying very hard to find the gun,” the senior superintendent said.

Of the 16 people who have been arrested in connection with the shooting, eight were charged and one was released on bail pending investigation. Ho said there were issues over one arrestee’s identity and that his case was being followed up by other police units.

The Force has launched a series of anti-crime operations since the shooting took place, including raiding bars, mahjong parlours, gaming centres and nightclubs, Ho told the press. A total of 1,088 people were arrested in those operations, police said. Their alleged crimes included assault, possession of an offensive weapon, drug trafficking and keeping a vice establishment.

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Kelly Ho has an interest in local politics, education and sports. She formerly worked at South China Morning Post Young Post, where she specialised in reporting on issues related to Hong Kong youth. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Hong Kong, with a second major in Politics and Public Administration.