Suspected triad shot dead in an execution-style killing at Sai Kung

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 20 November, 2002, 12:00am

Detectives in Kowloon have launched a massive hunt after a man believed to have been a member of the Wo Shing Wo triad was shot three times and killed on a remote path in Sai Kung last night.

Officers believe it may have been an execution-style killing as marks on the 33-year-old victim's trousers suggested he had been made to kneel before he was shot.

The man's body was found on a path near Yung Shue O Village just after 7pm. Police said he had been shot twice in the head and once in the back.

The victim was taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

At the hospital police interviewed the deceased's girlfriend and several suspected members of Wo Shing Wo triad. They said the dead man, nicknamed 'Ah B', frequented Tsim Sha Tsui and Sai Kung and had been involved in a dispute with a triad a few days ago.

Officers from the Kowloon East Regional Crime Unit, who have been assigned to hunt the killer or killers, cordoned off the crime scene.

Early this morning police said they had found one spent cartridge, which they believe came from a 9mm handgun.

A 40-year-old Sai Kung resident who lives near the scene heard what she thought were gunshots before 7pm.

She telephoned her husband, who was driving home from work.

When he arrived he saw the body of a man lying on the path. The woman then phoned police.

Officers said the victim lived in Kwai Chung and had a criminal record, including at least one case of wounding.

They said he had been released from prison in 1998.

Police have ruled out robbery as a motive in the homicide as none of the victim's possessions were missing.

They believe the victim may have been lured to the remote site to be murdered.

On September 25 last year, restaurant manager Kwan Tak-ming, 44, was shot at point-blank range three times - twice in the chest and once in the head - as he left his premises with his wife and a colleague just before midnight.

Police found three spent cartridges at the scene in Greenview Terrace, Tai Man Street - one from a 9mm handgun.