Suicide gunman pulls the trigger as father looks on

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 16 June, 2013, 7:21am

A man shot himself dead in front of his father in his Hung Hom home last night.

Chinese-American Leung Shing-yan, 46, had returned to Hong Kong around two years ago and had been living with his father and a brother-in-law in the flat in Kiang Su Street.

After a dispute with his family over money issues, Leung pulled out the gun at around 10pm, pointed it at his temple and pulled the trigger. A relative then called the police.

Leung was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police are still investigating and have classified his death as a suicide.

It is not known how Leung obtained a gun. He was not in the police force, and investigations so far show that no one in his family has been in the force.

There are also no details on the kind of gun he used.

Suicide by shooting is rare in Hong Kong, given that the penalty for the possession of firearms without a licence is up to 14 years in prison.