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Sixth School Killing in China in Under Two Months

Meat cleaver-wielding man kills nine, injures 11, in kindergarten classroom

By Gu Qing’er & Gu Xiaohua
Epoch Times Staff
Created: May 12, 2010 Last Updated: December 26, 2012
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meat cleaver-wielding man broke into a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi Province on May 12, killing nine and injuring 11 before returning home to commit suicide.

“The Kindergarten teacher and the teacher’s mother were killed," a villager, surnamed Wu, told The Epoch Times.

"Several small children were killed, and the murderer committed suicide. He just used a kitchen knife to kill people. Those who were injured are being treated in the hospital.”

TIMELINE: China School Killings
in the Last Two Months
March 23: Zheng Minshen in Nanping City, Fujian Province, waited outside a school gate with a knife about 30 centimeters long, killing eight students and injuring five.

April 12: About 400 meters away from the Xizhen Elementary School of Hepu County, Guangxi Province, an eight-year-old student and an elderly woman were found dead, and another five were injured, including two students, a toddler, and a middle-aged couple.

April 28:  A man ran into an elementary school in Leizhou City of Guangdong Province with a knife and injured 18 students and a teacher. The resulting investigation showed that the 33-year-old suspect Chen Kangbing was a teacher at another public school in Leizhou City, on "sick leave" since February 2006.

April 29: Xu Yuyuan broke into a kindergarten affiliated with Taixing Township of Taizhou City, Jiangsu Province, stabbing and killing 32 people.

April 30: The 45-year-old Wang Yonglai of Shangzhuang Village of Weifang City, Shandong Province, forcibly entered Shanzhuang Elementary School on a motorcycle, carrying a hammer and gasoline. He wounded five preschoolers with the hammer and then killed himself via self-immolation using the gasoline.

May 12: A cleaver-wielding man broke into a kindergarten in China’s Shaanxi Province, killing nine and injuring 11 before returning home to commit suicide.

 

The personal account complemented announcements by Chinese state media, which said a Linchang Village man killed seven children and two adults, and injured another 11 kids before committing suicide at home.

It was the sixth school killing in China in less than two months.

Wu said that by 8 a.m., most of the children arrived at the kindergarten. Three of the children had not shown up yet, so the door was open. That is when the murderer went in and locked the door.

Located in Linchang Village, Nanzheng County, in China’s northwestern Province of Shaanxi, the small kindergarten is a privately-run provision with 23 children. No security guard was stationed at the school.

Following the murders, villagers rushed to save the children and called the police.

“About 50 to 60 police cars and village leaders’ cars arrived at around 9 a.m. [Wednesday] and blocked the roads in the village. Of course, they came too late. But the police cars are still on the street. They blocked the streets,” Wu said.

The surviving children were sent to a hospital.

The murderer had already committed suicide when the police arrived. According to Wu, the murderer’s home was about 50 meters away from the kindergarten. His family live a reasonably good life, making a moderate income from selling saplings.

The killer's son is in college, and he had a mother and an adopted child, according to Wu.

“He was a nice guy whenever we met. I didn’t believe it when someone told me he had killed people. Perhaps it has something to do with the rent and vacating a rental property? It is still unclear, so I dare not say anything. But why else would he kill small children?” said Wu.

The Epoch Times was unable to reach family members of the children at the time of writing.

One Chinese blogger wrote that the murderer had rented his property to the kindergarten, and that he went on a killing spree because the kindergarten had refused to move out from his property.

Read the original Chinese article: http://epochtimes.com/gb/10/5/12/n2905778.htm



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