When we read that a man had taken a 4 year-old girl hostage at a Putuo district KFC yesterday afternoon, we wrongly assumed that it would was just some loony, maybe an institution escapee that would be quickly overpowered by bystanders or the police—problem solved. Not quite so.
The incident started around 2:50pm and lasted about seven hours, with police cordoning off the area while they attempted to negotiate with the hostage taker. The latter appeared to be a man in his 40s armed with a knife. According to a Xinhua report (in Chinese), around 9:40 that evening the man started to get nervous; he held the girl’s neck and raised the knife—and that’s when they shot him. The identity, motives, mental health status and relation of the hostage taker to the girl still remain unknown.
You can check out pictures from the wires here.
Update: We found some video news reports and more pictures: video and pictures from 163.com (eyewitness video, but nothing really happens), and a news report from Phoenix TV (broadcast before the end of the incident, no mention of anyone being shot).
Photo from Xinhua net.com