A teenager shot with a live police round in Hong Kong protests has been charged with rioting and assaulting an officer.
Tsang Chi-kin took a bullet in his left shoulder during a fight with riot police officers in the Tsuen Wan district of Hong Kong yesterday and remains in a critical condition in hospital.
Police said an officer had shot the 18-year-old at point-blank range because he feared for his life.
Video footage from the incident shows protesters armed with metal bars and umbrellas skirmishing with officers, who are outnumbered.
Another officer then appears to enter the brawl to support the police, holding a handgun.
One student swings a pole before a gunshot is heard.
The short came as already violent protests intensified in the days after China;s National Day, the 70th anniversary celebrations of Communist rule.
Hong Kong police had banned rallies but around 100,000 people took part in demonstrations across the city.
Police have fired warning shots above crowds before but yesterday’s shooting was the first such incident in five months of protests.
Initially citizens took to the streets to protest against a China extradition bill that they interpreted as a threat to Hong Kong’s rule of law.
Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam withdrew the bill and later suspended it.
But since then protests have grown more violent. Demonstrators have thrown petrol bombs at police, who have shot activists with rubber bullets and tear gas.
Officers have also deployed water cannon against protesters.
Tsang’s shooting sparked student protests outside of his school as Sky News reported protesters saying the shooting has opened a new stage of intensity in the demonstrations.
More than 100 people were injured during Tuesday’s protests, and 269 people arrested, according to reports.
Demonstrators wore black to express a “day of grief” for Hong Kong.