Photo of yesterday’s stand off from Shanghai Daily
A tipster has informed us that a group of protesters are clashing with police at the corner of Jiangsu Lu and Wuding Lu in Changning District. Said the tipster, “I just rode my bike past there and there’s something serious going down. Someone’s lit a fire, a woman was screaming and crying in a microphone and there are people holding big signs – I made out the words “dead child” before I rode away. A cop car was blocking the road so no cars could go through. Right when I biked past, 30 or so cops swarmed the protesters.”
While our tipster wasn’t able to get pictures, other sources have confirmed that indeed – something is going down, and it has to do with a five-year-old girl who was killed on that corner.
Yesterday, a man was shot dead after taking a young girl hostage and slitting her throat. He had stolen a knife in a restaurant up the road before suddenly entering a tea store at 160 Jiangsu Lu and grabbing a little girl, taking her out to the street.
Police arrived soon after, cordoning off the area and surrounding the man, who demanded a getaway car and threatened to kill the girl if he didn’t get it. But when the car arrived, he refused to get in.
According to Shanghai Daily, after a three-minute deadlock, the man “slashed the girl’s throat three times and threw her to police officers before running northward.” He was shot down by police while trying to escape. His motives are still unknown. The girl was taken to the Children’s Hospital, but did not survive.
But why would this warrant a protest? Was there a police failure in some way? Is there more to the story than Shanghai Daily’s account? We’re not completely sure, and if police have already come to the area to cool things down, we don’t know if we’ll ever find out.
“it’s just so random,” our tipster said. “You have that stuff going on and then a block down, people are oblivious. There’s just less traffic than normal on Jiangsu Lu.”
If you have any more info, please tell us in comments or send it to tips (@) shanghaiist (.) com.