Book salesman, 17, bashed by teen gang
A 17-year-old salesman at a second-hand bookshop was attacked by five teenagers in a Chai Wan shopping mall yesterday.
The salesman, surnamed Li, was attacked by the teenagers armed with iron bars when he opened the bookshop in a mall in Chai Wan Road just before noon, police said.
'They did not utter a word before and after the attack. Police officers found two iron bars, each about 40cm long in the shopping mall later,' a police officer said.
The salesman was treated at Eastern Hospital and later discharged.
The bookstore owner said he did not know the motive for the attack. Shopkeepers at the same shopping centre, however, said the attackers may have been disgruntled customers of the bookstore.
Nobody has been arrested.
Police officers in Mongkok warned teenagers who worked part-time for second-hand textbook shops to be careful as some had triad connections.
Many teenagers deliver leaflets for the second-hand textbook shops. Some of them are forced to harass passers-by into buying second-hand books.
Police warned that wilfully obstructing any person and threatening them were against the law.