A hospital in Nanjing was shaken up on Thursday when a patient randomly decided to hold a nurse hostage at knifepoint.
The patient, a man in his forties, was compelled to interrupt his own intravenous drip in order to grab the nearby nurse and hold a fruit knife to her throat. While this was going on, onlookers responded with utmost empathy, snapping as many pics as possible.
SCMP reports that an eyewitness confirmed the attacker was troubled indeed: “He kept yelling ‘I don’t want to live anymore, someone is plotting against me!”
But another witness reported that the guy seemed of two minds about the whole thing:
He put the back of the knife blade against the nurse’s neck.
Before he seized the nurse, he called the police himself. The police came and left, maybe because they thought nothing was wrong.
After he grabbed the nurse, he kept asking us to call the police and tell the police to come as soon as possible.
We’re happy to report that this story has a happier ending than the last hospital hostage situation — the nurse in question was rescued after half an hour, unharmed, and with lots of photos to remember the incident by.
[Images via Sina]