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Predawn gangster shoot-out leaves six injured in southern China

Police say up to 30 men were involved, of whom more than half are still at large

PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 January, 2017, 2:09pm
UPDATED : Friday, 06 January, 2017, 2:26pm

A street gunfight involved about 30 men left six wounded in Lufeng county, Guangdong province, on Thursday, according to local police.

At about 1 am, two gangs armed with guns engaged in the fight caused by a debt dispute on the main street of Donghai township, Lufeng police reported on their Weibo account.

Both sides fired shots, police said. The six injured were being treated in hospital for non-life-threatening wounds.

Seven suspects had been captured while the remainder were at large.

Video clips circulating online suggest two groups of people fighting with someone down after a sound of gunshot.

“Hearing the sound of gunshot I was very scared. Then I closed the window,” the Beijing News quoted a witness as saying.

Soon after the shooting the police vehicles arrived at the scene. The gangsters escaped leaving the injured behind on the ground.

I did wrong, says '80s gangster Yip Kai-foon

The city of Haifeng, in the neighbouring county of Lufeng, was the home town of the notorious gun-slinging gangster Yip Kai-foon who committed a string of armed robberies of jewellery stores in Hong Kong in the 1980s and 1990s.

He was captured in the then British colony and jailed for 16 years in 1985. Four years later, he made a daring escape from the city’s Queen Mary Hospital while receiving treatment.

He sneaked back into the city in 1996, but was left crippled in a shoot-out with police. He is now serving a 36 year sentence in the city’s Stanley Prison.