Dramatic footage captures moment when Hong Kong protester shot

A video of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong on Tuesday captures the moment when a policeman shot at a protester.

Black-clad protestors stand surrounded by smoke from tear gas shells in Hong Kong, Tuesday, October 1, 2019. (Photo: AP

Amateur video of violent demonstrations in Hong Kong on Tuesday captures the moment when a policeman points a pistol at a black-clad protester and fires a round, after which the young man falls to the floor.

The footage, taken by students during a chaotic melee in the Tsuen Wan area of the city, is the first known instance of a protester being shot with live ammunition during weeks of clashes between police and pro-democracy campaigners.

Police confirmed that an officer opened fire at a protester, saying he was acting in self-defense.

“A large group of rioters was attacking police officers in Tsuen Wan,” police said in a statement.