Rare Korean gun used in execution of triad member

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 21 November, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 21 November, 2002, 12:00am

A triad member murdered in an execution-style killing in Sai Kung was shot with a Korean-made handgun that police say is rare in Hong Kong.

Three rounds of PMC 380 ammunition were retrieved from the body of Fung Yiu-hau, 33, during a postmortem examination yesterday.

Fung was lured to Yung Shue O in Sai Kung West Country Park on Monday night. Police said dirt on his trousers suggested he had been forced to kneel before being shot dead.

'Our ballistic experts told us that the weapon used PMC 380 ammunition and is believed to be a Korean-made auto handgun which is rarely found in Hong Kong,' a police source said.

'As we hunt the murderer or murderers and look into the motive behind the killing, we are also investigating the source of the firearm.'

Fung, who was shot in the head, face and back, was an active member of the Wo On Lok triad society and had a group of followers, according to another police source.

The source said Fung had been active in Yau Ma Tei, Tsim Sha Tsui and Shenzhen, where he also ran a pet shop.

But the source refused to reveal what illegal business he might have been involved in and whether he had had a dispute with a rival triad gang.

Fung left his Kwai Chung home at 4.30pm on Monday after receiving a call from a friend, his wife told police. He was found lying unconscious in a pool of blood at about 7pm by a nearby resident and taken to the Prince of Wales Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Officers from Kowloon East regional crime unit, who have been assigned to the case, said it was possible Fung went to Sai Kung by taxi.

Police are looking into Fung's background and business interests for any clues to the killing.

Two police tracker dogs were deployed yesterday to retrieve any evidence left at the scene. Officers also conducted inquiries in Yung Shue O Village.

A senior police officer said that Wo On Lok was one of five active triad societies in Hong Kong. The other four are the Sun Yee On, 14K, Wo Shing Wo and Wo Hop To. The Sun Yee On and 14K are described as the most active.

'Wo On Lok, which is also known as shui fong, is relatively less active than the other four triad societies,' the officer said. 'The gang members are believed to be active in Cheung Sha Wan and Yau Ma Tei.'

Two groups of men believed to be members of two rival triad gangs staged a pre-dawn showdown following a dispute outside a disco in On Lok Road, Yuen Long, early yesterday. The crowd dispersed when police arrived.

Officers said no one was arrested but investigations are continuing into the dispute. The incident is not believed to be related to the fatal shooting.