Tuesday, 31. March 2015
04. 06. 14. - 16:00
This is the moment that an elite police force in Hong Kong known as the Flying Tigers abseiled down the side of a building and smashed in through the window in a bid to take down a lone gunman who had already killed one person.
Police are still trying to work out why it is that Li Tak-yan, 51, killed Liu Kai-chung, 43, by shooting him three times in what appears to be a deliberately planned execution. The motive remains unclear, although the men were neighbours so knew each other.
Li then fled back to his own flat where he kept police at bay by firing bullets out of the window, eventually retreating back inside when police sent a single bullet back at him in return.
As the stand-off in Kai Ching estate in Kowloon Bay in the eastern Chinese city went on, it took an even more spectacular twist when it was revealed that the gunman was also the father of stunning local starlet Liddy Li, 27.
Liddy herself is currently on the front pages of local media over an alleged affair with married Hong Kong director Oxide Pang, who is behind popular films such as Infernal Affairs series and horror classic The Eye.
Police are investigating whether the murder carried out by her father had anything to do Liddy and Pang's relationship, which was exposed when they were secretly photographed on a date. After the photo was leaked, Pang flew to the Malaysia to win back his wife, Malaysian actress Lee Sinje, and then made a joint statement apologising to his wife and admitting his errors.
And as TV crews and photographers converged on the region police evacuated the 10th floor and cordoned off the building. A short while later members of the elite Special Duties Unit, informally known as the Flying Tigers, scaled down the side of the building and threw stun grenades into the flat where the gunman Li was located before clambering inside.
But they were too late to stop Li turning the weapon on himself by putting it inside his mouth and pulling the trigger. In total the siege lasted six hours.
Divorced and unemployed, Li had a well-earned reputation for aggressiveness against his neighbours. In a temporary housing estate in the town of Yuen Long where he first lived after his business failed and his wife left him, Li attacked and injured a man next door with a meat cleaver. He received a one-year prison sentence for his crime, and upon his release moved into the tower near the old Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong.
Psychologists said at the time that he had poor anger management abilities and dealt poorly with stress, but despite being lonely and volatile he was not mentally ill.
Police found two pistols in Li's flat along with 43 rounds of ammunition. They are currently working with Guangdong police in the nearby mainland province to ascertain the origins of the weapons, as illegal firearms typically enter Hong Kong through the mainland.
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