Tsang Chi-kin Biography
Tsang Chi-kin was the first protester to be shot and wounded in counter with live ammunition on the increasingly protest movement that began in Hong Kong in early June. He was rushed to the hospital reports tells after a long surgery Tsang Chi-kin is in stable condition.
#NOW Outside the secondary school attended by Tsang Chi-kin, the student shot in chest by HK police ystd, hundreds of current and former students gather to show solidarity and reiterate demands of #HongKongProtests pic.twitter.com/5mL2h6bsgx
— Xinqi Su (@XinqiSu) October 1, 2019
Tsang Chi-kin Age
He was 18 years old.
Tsang Chi-kin Hit in Chest
In Tsuen Wan district, police said an officer fired his weapon at close range into the shoulder of Tsang Chi-kin, 18, as his unit was attacked by protesters armed with poles and umbrellas.
However, various media reports had said Tsang was hit in the chest.
【HK Chief Commissioner of Police Praise Police Shooting Protestor at Pointblank Range as “the most reasonable, most suitable, and also legal” Decision to Make】
The HK police actions today are both saddening and alarming. pic.twitter.com/3zmxBVH393
— Joshua Wong 黃之鋒 (@joshuawongcf) October 2, 2019
HongKong Shooting Witnesses
Witness accounts and videos put Mr. Tsang, wearing a gas mask with a pink filter, among a group of protesters wielding metal bars who fought with police during afternoon demonstrations in the northwestern district of Tsuen Wan.
One video shows Mr. Tsang swinging a bar at a police officer, who shoots the protester at close range with a pistol. Another shows Mr. Tsang lying face-up on the ground talking as blood spilled from the left side of his chest. He shouts his name and asks to be sent to the hospital.
In addition, the man who was shot, at least 66 people were injured, health authorities said, including one other critically injured person.
Tsang Chi-kin Family Statements
A man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask who claim to be the sit-in’s organizer, said he knew two other frontliners who were with Tsang Chi-kin ystd. The pair told him they were trying to rescue some protesters who went alone and got in police’s hands before the shot was fired. pic.twitter.com/wpCJk4iqwf
— Xinqi Su (@XinqiSu) October 2, 2019
Mr. Tsang is “the bravest type,” said his cousin, Thomas Chan, who has also attended rallies but described Mr. Tsang as the family’s leading protester.
Hong Kong Police Statements
Hong Kong police have since defended the decision, saying that officer in question’s choice to use live rounds was “reasonable and lawful” as the policeman had feared for his life. “In this very short span of time, he made a decision and shot the assailant,” police chief Stephen Lo said.
Police Senior Superintendent Yolanda Yu said it was “really very heartbreaking” that the protester was hurt.
Tsang Chi-kin, 18 years old, became the first protester to be shot with live ammunition.. He was taken to a hospital and as of early Wednesday morning was out of surgery in stable condition, health officials said. https://t.co/NingkOI8nc
— Matthew Brooker (@mbrookerhk) October 1, 2019
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Hong Kong is on lockdown after clashes erupted in a dozen places as police urged public to stay at home
- Student Tsang Chi-kin, 18, was shot in the chest by a police officer who was using live ammunition
- Senior officials claimed the officer was correct to open fire with live ammunition as their life was in danger
- Hospital staff said Tsang had been shot in the chest and was in a stable condition