NINE-YEAR-OLD Tsang Yick-fung has learned that a real gun battle is quite different to what is depicted on television or in electronic games - it hurts. The lesson cost Yick-fung 14 stitches near his left armpit and a reprimand from his mother. The youngster said: 'Until Monday, I thought shooting was great fun. I did not know much about it, as I had only watched it on television or in electronic games. 'I only thought it was exciting. 'But that night I saw a masked thief carrying a real gun pointing at a man. I heard 'bang, bang' and saw my arm bleeding. 'Then I realised shooting was no fun.' The Primary Four pupil was hit by a stray bullet in Ma On Shan while walking past a temporary housing area on his way home at about 11.30 pm on Monday. A 32-year-old man who was the target was shot several times. He was in a fair condition last night. Yick-fung, who had spent the evening with his friends around the Hing On temporary housing area, promised his mother yesterday he would be good and not roam the streets alone at night again. But his mother, Law Shun-ngor, 32, remained sceptical, because of his bad record. Ms Law said her son was 'extremely naughty' and had gone missing several times before. 'On Monday, he should have gone home before 7 pm, after a tutorial. But he did not. 'We called the police at about 11.30 pm, because we were worried he might have had an accident,' Ms Law said. 'At midnight, we received a call from hospital saying my son was injured.' Ms Law said it was 'a fortune out of misfortune' that he was not hit in the chest or right in the arm. 'He would have been crippled or killed if the bullet had hit several centimetres closer either to his arm or chest.' Ms Law said she would step up supervision of her son to prevent him going missing again. 'He may not be so lucky next time,' she said.