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A 62-year-old man is in custody for killing six people at a chemical plant in Shanghai’s Baoshan District on Saturday evening. The man, surname Fan, shot and killed five of his victims, and beat one to death. According to Xinhua, the massacre was initiated by “a financial dispute” between Fan and coworker.
After beating the coworker to death,
He [Fan] then took a hunting rifle hidden in his dormitory and asked a driver to drive him to a different district. He gunned down the driver on the way and then drove the vehicle back.
He then killed a guard at the gate of a nearby military barracks and took the soldier’s gun. After returning to the plant, he killed another three people with his rifle.
He was captured by police who were at the factory investigating the case at 11:15 p.m. Saturday.
Shootings are quite rare in China, as gun control laws are some of the strictest in the world. South China Morning Post reports:
At an emergency meeting yesterday [Sunday], the ministry [of Public Security] said it would launch a more comprehensive campaign on gun management across the country, where firearms are tightly controlled and citizens who have hunting permits must apply at their local police station for permission to own a hunting rifle.
National authorities have already gotten involved in the case, and may attempt to use this case as a spring-board for national gun reform.