Three people were killed in a firefight between police and suspected drug dealers in Guangzhou, Guangdong province on Tuesday.
Police were searching for the dealers in question around 6:00 p.m. on Nantian Street in the city’s Haizhu district, Xinhua reports, citing a statement from the Guangzhou Public Security Bureau.
The search escalated to a standoff between the groups. One suspect who opened fire to police was shot down, and a policeman and bystander injured at the scene were also pronounced dead despite rescue efforts.
Witnesses said that gunshots were heard coming from an apartment building, the second floor of which caught on fire soon after the incident.
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