Shanghaiist was out in the neighborhood of the Nanpu Bridge taking some photos yesterday, and on our way back, we saw a crowd gathering in the parking lot across the street. We thought it was a fight or argument, and were surprised to see two men laying immobile on the ground. Considering the temperature outside we thought it might have been heat stroke, but judging from the fact that there were two men and that they both looked a bit roughed up, it seemed that perhaps there was a traffic accident and that they had collided: One of them had a moped or scooter that was laying on its side. It was only with the arrival of more cops and the cordoning off of the crime scene — or was it the pool of blood that was seeping out of one man’s head — that we realized that this was more serious than that.
They managed to get one of the men up and into a car, while the other lay there. No one moved him, and the pool of blood continued to get larger. The paramedics showed up a couple of minutes later, and we didn’t stick around to see what happened, but bystanders said that this man had jumped from the elevated road that comes off the bridge. As for the other man — the facts are less clear. Most likely he was driving his scooter down this road when a body fell on the road near him (or on him?), which threw him in a panic and made him lose control of the scooter.
Shanghaiist had to go to the significant other’s home for dinner, and when we excitedly regaled the significant other’s mother with this story, she said, “What the hell does it have to do with you? Besides, I’ve seen plenty of suicides during the Cultural Revolution. People burnt to death, drowned to death, hung to death, floating in the river.” Upon hearing this we decided to shut up and finish eating our green tea and bean popsicle.
There’s some information about female suicide at Peking Duck. We don’t know anything more about the guy we saw, but it might be in the nightly news tonight.