A migrant worker has revealed how he fended off the knife attacker at Guangzhou railway station with a wooden stick and stopped him chasing after passers-by.
Shan Wenbo was walking to the station to catch a train when he confronted the knifeman on Tuesday, the Chongqing Evening News reported.
“I’m not such a big hero. I was just there at that moment. I stood there with a stick to hold him so he couldn’t attack others,” he said.
Shan, 42, was in station square to catch a train to nearby Foshan when he heard people shouting “knife attack”, the report said.
He turned around and saw a man with a knife charging towards him. About 10 metres away, two people were lying in a pool of blood.
“I had a huge backpack with me so I used it to block the knife instinctively,” said Shan.
The half-metre-long knife struck his pack and grazed his head.
“He saw me fight back so he went after others, but when I tried to run away I caught his attention again. He probably thought I was scared, so he came at me again.” Shan said.
After he was chased about 20 metres, the heavy luggage on his back made him slow down and he realised he could not get away.
He turned, throwing the backpack at the attacker, but missed the target. He then picked up a wooden stick.
“With a stick in hand, which was even longer than his knife, I wasn’t scared anymore.” Shan told the newspaper.
“He was shocked, but he didn’t want to stop. He wanted to go after others. So I started to move with him, always standing in his way.”
Shan said that out of the corner of his eye, he saw people running to safety.
After the 10-second confrontation, two police officers arrived pointing guns.
The attacker ignored warnings and kept stepping forward, Shan told the newspaper.
Even after he was shot, the attacker still held his knife tightly. Shan said.
A porter sneaked up behind the man and hit him with his trolley.
As the luggage handler held him from behind, Shan hit the man’s wrist with his stick and he dropped his knife, the report said.
Six people were injured in the attack. Police said only one man was involved, but a source told the Post three other suspects fled the scene.
It was the third knife attack at a railway station in China in two months. The others were at Urumqi in the Xinjiang region and Kunming in Yunnan province.
The authorities said the Kunming attack – in which 29 people and four attackers died – was carried out by Muslim separatist militants from Xinjiang.
Shan works in Foshan making gates and fences. His wife told the newspaper she was scared numb when she heard the news.
“I didn’t want him to be a hero, but I support him doing what he did,” she said.
“If this happens again in the future, I would still support him, but under the condition he can secure his safety first.”