Huge manhunt after brazen Kowloon killing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 04 February, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 04 February, 2005, 12:00am

Gunman shoots man three times in restaurant on estate

Police last night mounted a massive search for a killer who walked up to a man and shot him three times, execution-style, at a restaurant on a Kowloon public housing estate.

The gunman fled on foot after shooting his victim twice in the chest and once in the stomach.

The victim, aged about 40, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where doctors declared him dead.

Police are still trying to establish the victim's name. He had just sat down with six or seven people, apparently friends, at an outdoor table at the Thai Kei restaurant on Oi Man Estate in Ho Man Tin when the killer struck just before 6.40pm.

The victim and his friends were the only customers in the restaurant at the time of the shooting.

The gunman fired two shots into the man's chest, sending him slumping to the floor. The killer then fired a third shot into his stomach, Senior Superintendent Leung Ka-ming said.

Hearing the shots, the restaurant's owner came out and found the victim lying on the ground. His companions were nowhere to be seen. The owner alerted police.

The gunman ran towards Hau Man Street immediately after the shooting. It is not known if he had any accomplices.

Mr Leung said the victim was about 40, sported a ponytail and was wearing a brown jacket, brown trousers and brown shoes. He had a diamond ring on his ring finger and wore a luxury Franck Muller watch.

Several thousand dollars were found in his wallet, but no ID card.

'I urge his friends to contact us as soon as possible,' Mr Leung said.

Following the shooting, police - some wearing bulletproof vests and helmets - sealed off the estate. A search of the scene yielded two bullet casings - 7.62mm - believed to have been from a handgun.