A witness to yesterday's shoot-out told how she came face-to-face with one of the armed kidnappers as he fled in Tsim Sha Tsim while she was quarrelling with her husband on a mobile phone. Ivy Chan, 29, was walking along Austin Road from her home in Hillwood Road to the MTR station when she saw a man walking quickly towards her at 12.40pm. 'I was having a quarrel on my mobile phone with my husband when the man bumped into me. He was wearing a grey jacket and blue jeans. He had short hair, was slim and quite tall, about 1.8 metres. He didn't appear to be carrying anything,' she said. 'From his appearance I initially thought he was a food delivery man. But when I heard the sirens of police vehicles approaching, I saw extreme panic on the man's face, with his eyes open wide. It was then that I realised he might be a culprit. I was shocked and my legs were trembling.' Ms Chan said the man started to flee and two police officers wearing bulletproof vests and armed with pistols emerged and shouted: 'Don't run.' 'I saw the culprit running into a small lane. I then heard three shots and screams from some students in the playground of a school nearby,' Ms Chan said. 'My husband, who was still on the phone with me, said he also heard three bangs, from our home. He immediately asked me to stay in a safe place. 'The police started cordoning off the place. I wandered around the area for a few minutes until I found a way out to the MTR station along Cox's Road, where I saw scores of police officers laying an ambush at a building.' The screams Ms Chan heard came from the Tak Sun School in Austin Road. The kidnapper - unarmed by this stage - had run through the school grounds before jumping over a fence and disappearing from sight. The school's 700 pupils and some of their parents were stranded in the primary school for more than three hours after police cordoned off the area. About 200 students were about to leave the school at the time, and parents had arrived to pick them up. Some 500 evening-session students were also in the building sitting exams. The school's evening-session headmaster, Leung Ngan-pik, said contingency measures were taken to keep students and parents in the school hall and classrooms, while those sitting exams were allowed to continue. 'We did not let the students and parents go. We asked them to go back to the classrooms or the school hall where they could feel safe,' Ms Leung said. 'At the same time, we did not have enough lunch boxes to feed them all. Our teachers volunteered their own packed lunches for those who were hungry.' Many parents and students were anxious after learning of the shooting, while other children shrugged it off as no big deal. 'I thought it was just a fire,' one child said. Ms Chan, however, said she later realised the real danger she had been in, with the possibility that she could have been held hostage when trapped between police and the suspect. She said the incident put the argument with her husband in perspective. 'I could feel he was very concerned about me. He was actually more worried than me. We forgot all about our quarrel after the incident,' Ms Chan said.