Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon where the incident took place. Photo: Google Maps

Five pedestrians were injured after being shot with a BB gun as they were walking along a busy Tsim Sha Tsui street in Kowloon, Hong Kong, on Monday.

At 7 pm, when there were a lot of pedestrians walking near the K11 shopping mall on Hanoi Road, five people were injured and suspected they were shot by a BB gun, the Oriental Daily reported.

The five injured were aged between 32 and 37 and were a South Asian man, two local men and two mainland Chinese women. The South Asian man suffered an injury to his head, while the rest were hit on their arms. All refused to go to a hospital for treatment.

Police cordoned off the area and suspected the shooter was hiding in a building. After an investigation, they raided an apartment on Carnarvon Road and arrested a 43-year-old man. Officers also confiscated a 15-centimeter-long air-gun.

The case was classified as “possession of imitation of firearms” and “common assault” and a further investigation was being carried out.