Bullets and guns found after office shooting

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 December, 2011, 12:00am


Police seized a stash of firearms and bullets at the Hong Kong office of a Taiwanese company after its manager apparently shot himself in the head with one of the guns yesterday.

Crime-squad officers found three handguns, spare parts and more than 80 rounds of live ammunition at the Fo Tan umbrella company.

Chen Yuan, who was confirmed dead at the scene, had a licence to own and store the guns - a Colt .357 Magnum revolver and two Glock 9mm pistols - but not the bullets and spare parts, police said. Officers were investigating how he had obtained the live ammunition and whether he was a member of a local shooting club. The spare parts included a barrel and a magazine.

'These are genuine firearms,' the officer said. 'They are not new guns but an initial examination shows they are in good condition.'

Chen's gun licence registered a safe in his office as the storage location for the handguns, police said.

Chen, 52, had been living in the city for more than 10 years. Emergency crews were called at about 6.15am when Chen's brother, 45, found him unconscious in his fifth-floor office at Wah Sang Industrial Building on Wong Chuk Yeung Street. The younger Chen said he arrived from Taiwan on Tuesday because his brother was unhappy. The pair chatted in the office overnight, until he went to sleep at 4am. He was awakened by gunshot, he said.

'The victim had a gunshot wound in the right temple,' an officer said. 'A Glock 9mm pistol he used to shoot himself was dropped to the floor.'

Police said suicide notes found at the scene told of his unhappiness. Initial investigations found no suspicious circumstances, officers said.