Ming Tak Estate. Photo: Google Maps, Wikimedia Commons, Hustvedt

A two-year-old boy taken to hospital after getting injured while playing in a housing estate in Tseung Kwan O on Thursday is thought to have been shot with a BB gun.

The boy, surnamed Kwok, was playing around a planter kerb in front of the entrance of Ming Kok House of Ming Tak Estate at noon with his mother, Apple Daily reported.

Suddenly, the boy cried – he had a wound, about five-millimeters long and just two centimeters above his right eye, that was bleeding.

His mother immediately carried him to a private clinic before the doctor advised to transfer him to hospital.

After a checkup, a doctor at the Tseung Kwan O Hospital suspected the wound was caused by an air-gun, because it was round in shape. They conducted an X-ray and scanned the boy’s head to confirm no foreign object was in his head.

The boy’s mother reported the case to the police, hoping to find the culprit soon to avoid further people being attacked.

Officers from police tactical unit went to the scene and eleven air pellets were found, senior inspector Law Sai-wo of Tseung Kwan O District said in a media briefing on Friday. He said they were looking for the culprit by investigating surveillance camera footage.

Law warned that offenders could face a life sentence if they are found guilty of wounding using an air-gun.

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