Fan Jieming, a 62-year-old man suspected of brutally killing six people during a shooting spree in Shanghai on June 22, said on Monday that loss of face is what led him to kill.
The man, accused of intentional homicide, robbery, robbery of firearms and illegal trade and possession of firearms, made national headlines last summer when he was arrested on suspect of killing six people and injuring another four because of a work dispute in the factory where most of the shootings took place.
Fan showed up to Shanghai No 2 Intermediate Court on Monday wrapped in a strait jacket, as he had reportedly tried to injure himself while in detention.
According to Shanghai Daily:
Prosecutors told the court the six who died in the shooting spree included four of Fan’s colleagues, Zhang Yunfeng, Li Zhizhong, Wang Ronghai, Xia Huanhuan, an unlicensed taxi driver Bian Shijie and a military barrack sentinel Kong Bo.
Three of his four colleagues were murdered due to a dispute in the company on division of materials and facilities after the chemical company in Baoshan District halted its production in May.
“I regretted that I killed them, especially the innocent cabbie and the young sentinel,” Fan said in court. “I used to be a soldier and I also have a family. I want to say I am sorry to the victims’ families.”
Fan said he shot the taxi driver, named Bian, when he had hijacked his car and that he shot two sentries at a naval base, killing one, while trying to obtain a rifle.
The shooting spree was apparently triggered by ongoing disputes between his boss Li Zhizhong as well as other employees who, according to Fan, “caused trouble to my management of the factory”.
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