A man was shot dead by a police officer after allegedly attacking passengers at a train station in Xi’an, Shaanxi province yesterday morning, according to reports.
The man, described as a Muslim Uyghur, was seen “rushing a line of people” while armed with a brick at the ticket office of the Xi’an Train Station at around 6:00 a.m.
Railway police arrived at the scene to control the situation, but the man continued to hit passengers despite repeated warnings to stop, Oriental Daily reports. Police then opened fire on the man. He was taken to a local hospital, but later succumbed to his injuries. Investigation on the attack is currently underway.
An eyewitness at the crime scene said the suspect was holding a cement brick when he suddenly ran towards passengers queuing outside the ticket office. The witness added that several people tripped over other passengers’ luggage and belongings as they attempted to flee in a state of panic.
A post from the official Weibo account of the Xi’an Railway Police initially said that the suspect was a Muslim Uyghur from Xinjiang, but that bit of information was later deleted, Radio Free Asia reports.
By Crystal Lau
[Images via Oriental Daily and news.163.com]