PASSERSBY did not know whether they were watching true life or fiction as a television crew stalked an armed man down Queen's Road Central, an inquest heard yesterday. Gunman Cheung Cho-yau, 23, led police from Tsim Sha Tsui to Central before stealing an officer's gun and taking three people hostage in a taxi. Crippled Korean Kang Sang-bo died with his captor when police opened fire on the taxi on October 13. Both men were 'killed by police bullets' coroner's officer Dee Crebbin said. A TVB news crew captured the second act of the three-part tragedy, before it climaxed in a gunbattle in Aberdeen. Cheung had already stolen a policeman's revolver when company director George Ives turned into Queen's Road at around 11.30 pm on his way home from dinner at the Ritz Carlton. Mr Ives said he thought he was watching a soap opera in the making when he stumbled across a gunman being followed by a camera crew. Armed police trailed behind the camera men. 'I saw a man hugging buildings with a revolver sticking out behind him,' said Mr Ives. 'A film crew was behind him. They had huge, hand-held cameras. They appeared to be filming the man with the pistol in his hand.' It was then that he noticed a crippled man working his way across the road on a pair of crutches. 'My first reaction was that this was part of a local Cantonese soap opera and this man might be part of the film.' He peered at the crippled man, half-expecting to see the face of a famous actor. 'Then it dawned on me that perhaps it wasn't a film - it was a real life drama. So I looked at that man on crutches more closely and actually said good night to him.' Mr Ives said he had assumed that the armed man was a plain-clothes policeman. He said both the man with the gun and the film crew would have been able to see the crippled man. The inquest heard on Monday that officers had not known that Kang, 31, had been taken hostage. Mr Ives said he had looked over his shoulder at the Korean when he realised that the police had drawn their guns. 'And that was the last I saw of the cripple,' he said. 'I just waited, trying to sum up what was happening and then an officer ran across the road and said 'Take cover! Live fire!' ' Frightened by the guns around him, Mr Ives ducked behind a column. He watched as a taxi suddenly sped around the corner. 'The police must have realised that whoever they wanted was inside the taxi because they tried to wave it down,' he said. Mr Ives was not the only witness to mistake the crime for a film production. Chem Wai-tat watched with amusement as Cheung stripped an officer of his gun. The private tutor was gazing out the window of the No 10 bus when he saw a man pointing a pistol at another man's head. 'I thought it was a movie but I thought it funny that there were no lights, no camera, no director. I discussed it with other passengers - I said 'Look! A movie!'.' The inquest continues before Coroner Warner Banks.