A Hong Kong teenager who is still recovering from a gunshot wound he suffered during pro-democracy protests earlier this week now faces up to a decade in prison after being charged with rioting and attacking police.
An officer fired at Tsang Chi-kin on Tuesday after the teen struck him with a metal rod, making Tsang the first known victim of police gunfire since the protests began in June.
The 18-year-old is among seven people charged Thursday with rioting, which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. He also faces two additional counts of attacking two police officers, punishable by up to six months in prison, the Associated Press reports.
Tsang and two others who were hospitalized did not appear in court Thursday, but dozens of their supporters, many in black, sat outside the courthouse. The Chinese government says Tsang’s condition is stable.