A Chinese man attacked the two Americans — a man and a woman and their Chinese tourist guide — around 12:20 p.m. on the second level of the Drum Tower, a popular tourist attraction in north Beijing, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.
The United States Olympic Committee said in a statement that the two Americans were family members of a coach for the U.S. men’s indoor volleyball team.
“Our priority in this hour is to attend to the needs of the family members, the U.S. Olympic Men’s Indoor Volleyball Team and Staff, and the entire U.S. Olympic Delegation,” the USOC said in a statement. “In addition, the USOC is working closely with the United States Embassy, United States law enforcement authorities and local law enforcement authorities.”
Citing the Beijing Municipal Government Information Office, Xinhua said the 47-year-old attacker, Tang Yongming, killed the American man and injured both the American woman and the female guide. The attacker was identified by an identity card found on the body.
Tang then “killed himself by jumping from the second story of the Drum Tower,” Xinhua said.
The government information office did not specify the method of attack, Xinhua said.
UPDATE: More from ESPN.com:
The victims of a deadly stabbing attack at a tourist site in Beijing on the first day of the Olympic Games were the in-laws of the U.S. men’s volleyball coach, the U.S Olympic Committee said Saturday.
The committee announced that Todd Bachman, the father of former Olympian Elisabeth Bachman, was killed. His wife, Barbara, was hospitalized.
Elisabeth Bachman is married to U.S. men’s volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon.