Six die in shooting rampage in Shanghai

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 8:38am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 January, 2018, 12:49pm

A rare shooting rampage that shocked the nation and left six people dead, five of them by gunshot wounds, prompted a swift response by municipal leaders and the Ministry of Public Security.

A 62-year-old man, identified only by his surname, was caught on Saturday evening at the Shanghai Guangyu fine chemical company in the Baoshan district of the city, where the shooting began in the afternoon, according to a statement by municipal authorities. The sixth victim was allegedly beaten to death by the suspect. Four other people were shot and injured.

At an emergency meeting yesterday, the ministry said it would launch a more comprehensive campaign on gun management across the country, where firearms are tightly controlled and citizens who have hunting permits must apply at their local police station for permission to own a hunting rifle.

Meng Jianzhu, the head of the Communist Party's Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, and Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun also vowed to fight against all violent activities that jeopardise public safety, according to a statement released on the ministry's website.

Top security tsars called for a thorough investigation into the shooting.

After allegedly using unspecified tools to beat his colleague to death in the factory over an economic dispute, the suspect retrieved a hunting rifle that had been hidden in his dormitory, authorities said.

He then asked a driver to take him to a suburban part of Pudong district. There he allegedly shot dead the driver, drove the vehicle back to Baoshan, killed a soldier who was guarding the entrance to a barracks and stole his gun.

Authorities said the suspect then returned to the factory and shot dead three more people with his hunting rife, including a manager who may have also been one of the factory's owners. Police said they captured the suspect in the factory and seized the guns.

The Shanghai Evening News reported that the suspect worked as an office manager, was trusted to operate the factory two years ago, and had a long-running dispute with the manager who was killed.