Knifeman kills three and wounds five in rampage in Shenzhen

PUBLISHED : Monday, 29 July, 2013, 1:49pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 July, 2013, 3:09am


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A man stabbed three people to death and wounded five others in Shenzhen yesterday in the latest in a series of knife rampages on the mainland.

Police said the 40-year-old, whose name was not given, stormed into a small restaurant in Luohu district at about 9.30am.

He grabbed a knife, injuring the restaurant's owner when he tried to stop him. He then went into the street and started attacking pedestrians.

Police said the suspect, from Jieyang , Guangdong, had mental health problems and had been on regular medication since 1991. "He escaped from his father's care … and injured himself with the knife when police officers tried to subdue him," a statement said.

It was the sixth report of a stabbing spree in less than two weeks. The attacks have left 13 dead and 18 injured. Police suggested at least three of the attackers had mental health problems.

Witnesses of the Shenzhen incident described it on their microblog accounts yesterday.

"He was attacking people with a half-metre-long knife. An elderly woman and a man were already down, lying in blood," one said. Another confirmed the police account of the man injuring himself, saying he "wounded his thigh, leaving blood on the ground when he tried to escape".

Police finally subdued him using long steel forks after they were assisted by security personnel from a nearby school.

Professor Wu Boxin , who teaches criminal psychology at the Chinese People's Public Security University, said the killing sprees were a sign of rising social tensions. They had led to outrages by mentally disturbed people, many of whom have not been properly cared for.

"The government needs to face this problem now, as the random attacks by these people are becoming more difficult to defend," he said.

On Thursday, a knifeman killed five and injured three in Henan . Two days earlier, a man in Guangxi went into an office enforcing the one-child policy, stabbing two officials to death and wounding four others.

On the same day, a knifeman in Yibin , Sichuan , injured three people. On July 22, a 50-year-old Beijing knifeman killed a woman and injured three others, including a toddler, at a supermarket in Xicheng district.

And on July 17, a 27-year-old man from Shandong province stabbed two people to death, including a foreign national, in Beijing's Chaoyang district.