Hong Kong teen protester shot by police to be charged

Residents gather to protest a teenage demonstrator shot at close range in the chest by a police officer and condemn police tactics and demand accountability, in Hong Kong, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. The shooting Tuesday during widespread anti-government demonstrations on China's National Day was a fearsome escalation in Hong Kong's protest violence. The 18-year-old is the first known victim of police gunfire since the protests began in June. He was hospitalized and his condition was described by the government as stable on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
Protester react to tear gas as a fire burns on the streets of Hong Kong on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. Protests continue a day after police shot a teenage demonstrator at close range during widespread anti-government demonstrations on China's National Day and marked a fearsome escalation in Hong Kong's protest violence. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

HONG KONG — Police say criminal charges will be filed against the 18-year-old Hong Kong student who was the first victim of police gunfire in the months-long pro-democracy protests.

The shooting Tuesday on one of the most violent days of the demonstrations inflamed anger against police, who already have been accused of being heavy-handed against protesters.

The officer fired as the teen, Tsang Chi-kin, struck him with a metal rod. The government has said Tsang’s condition was stable after surgery.

A police statement said the youth will be charged Thursday afternoon with two counts of attacking police. It is unclear if he will appear in court.

Thousands of people rallied Wednesday to demand police accountability for the shooting.

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