High school student shot in chest charged with rioting and assaulting officer

The moment a police officer draws his pistol and fires it at close range at the chest of high school student Tsang Chi-kin. Screengrab via Facebook video/Campus TV.
The moment a police officer draws his pistol and fires it at close range at the chest of high school student Tsang Chi-kin. Screengrab via Facebook video/Campus TV.

A high school student who was shot in the chest at point blank range by a police officer during this week’s National Day protests could face up to 10 years in jail after he was formally charged with rioting and assault this afternoon.

Gunshot victim Tsang Chi-kin, 18, is still recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in hospital after being shot by an officer during a clash in Tsuen Wan. The bullet was lodged in the left side of his chest, just three centimeters from his heart, and was removed in an emergency surgery Tuesday night.

Now it appears that Tsang could face up to 10 years in jail after police formally charged him this afternoon with participating in a riot and two counts of assaulting a police officer.

According to Apple Daily, Tsang’s case will be entered at the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court this afternoon, along with those of six other people also charged for their involvement in Tuesday’s protests.

According to RTHK, the ages of the defendants range from 18 to 38, with the oldest defendant being charged with arson.

Updates to follow.

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