A factory worker who killed six people during a shooting spree in Shanghai in June 2013 was sentenced to death at a local court today.
The Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court announced this morning that 64-year-old Fan Jieming would be executed and all of his personal properties confiscated, after he was found guilty of killing four co-workers, a taxi driver and a guard at a military barracks.
Fan used a hunting rifle and a metal pipe to carry out the murders, according to the AFP. The killing spree was reportedly sparked by a dispute at the chemical company he worked at in Baoshan district.
“I regretted that I killed them, especially the innocent cabbie and the young sentinel,” Fan had previously 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 told the court that he shot the taxi driver when he had hijacked his car and that he shot two sentries at the military base, killing one, while trying to obtain the rifle.
Such cases are relatively rare in China, as gun control laws here are some of the strictest in the world.
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