A hostage-taker who stormed a hospital in Guangdong province and captured a nurse at knifepoint was taken into custody after a high-speed car chase which ultimately saw his victim tragically lose her life.
According to NetEase, the horrific incident took place at Southwest Hospital in Wuchuan city at 4 p.m on December 23.
A 38-year-old man rushed into the emergency department of the hospital and looking for a nurse named Li Haiyan. After placing a knife at her throat, he made his way out of the building with her as his hostage.
The security guard on duty had closed the gate to prevent the their escape, but after the hostage-taker became increasingly agitated and began to cut into Li’s neck, they were allowed to leave.
The hostage-taker drove Li away from the scene in an SUV. Several people who had witnessed the incident immediately got in their cars and began to follow. Five police cars were soon dispatched to pursue the criminal.
The hostage-taker was finally intercepted at Tangzhui town and taken into custody. Li was rushed to hospital but unfortunately she later died of her injuries. Her cervical vertebra and skull were both fractured.
Local media speculate that the incident was motivated by a grievance with the nurse over prior medical treatment. Li’s brother told reporters that the man had brought his son to the hospital a few days earlier and Li had helped him find a doctor.
Eyewitnesses also report that when the hostage-taker charged into the hospital he yelled, “You’ve given my son a poisonous shot!”
Staff in charge at the hospital have, however, since given contradictory statements. Long Deyun, president of Southwest Hospital, told reporters that no past record could be found showing that the hostage-taker or his family had ever visited the hospital. Long denies a medical dispute was the cause of the incident.
The local police are carrying out their investigation.
By Lucy Liu
[Images via China Daily]