While responding to the mass-stabbing attack in a Kunming train station on Saturday night, SWAT team leader Zhang Jun (an alias) shot down five knife-wielding attackers in a span of 15 seconds, effectively ending the massacre.
Zhang was the only member of the team to carry an automatic weapon, and fired two warning shots before he took aim at the attackers. Zhang recounted the event to the China Daily:
We parked our vehicle about 15 meters from the attackers. I jumped out of the car as I was loading the gun […]
The closest one to me was less than 2 meters away. If I had hesitated for a second, I would have been struck down […]
I could see the five attackers clearly. The one leading the gang was very small, wearing a burka-like black mask. I shot her when she was only about 1 meter from the muzzle. But that didn’t stop the other four assailants […]
I didn’t have time to think. I fired at them as fast as I could. It took me about 15 seconds.
Zhang’s fast reflexes likely saved a significant number of lives. He said, “I didn’t have time to be scared […] If I hadn’t fired promptly, there would have been more innocent people hacked to death or injured,” and he’s almost certainly right.