Hong Kong security forces shot a pro-democracy protester in the chest with a live round during a demonstration against China’s National Day celebrations, according to news reports.
The shooting marks the first time police have used live ammunition against protesters, who have been demonstrating in the city for more than 17 weeks. Police have previously fired live ammunition into the air to try to disperse crowds, but never at the protesters.
The New York Times reports that the man was shot while protesting in the Tsuen Wan neighborhood. An official at the city’s Hong Kong Hospital Authority said that the victim is in critical condition. At least 15 others were injured and more than 50 people were arrested.