Driver shot dead after ramming into passers-by in China's Hubei

Eight other people were injured and were in hospital, state television said.
Eight other people were injured and were in hospital, state television said. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM VIDEO

BEIJING • Chinese police shot dead a man yesterday after he drove his car into pedestrians, killing six people, media reports said.

The man had intentionally driven into the people but a report on state television did not elaborate on the motive behind the early morning incident in Zaoyang city in the central province of Hubei.

The city government in an online statement identified the man as a 44-year-old named Cui Lidong, who had earlier wounded his wife and daughter at home. The case is under investigation.

A video published by the Shanghai-based news outlet The Paper shows a body covered in a blanket left on the roadside and a group trying to lift someone onto a stretcher.

Eight other people were injured and were in hospital, state television said. It gave no other details.

There have been several similar incidents in China in recent years.

Last September, at least 11 people were killed when a man car drove his car into a crowded square in southern China, and the driver attacked people with a knife and spade seeking "revenge" on society for previous criminal convictions.

Police detained the driver, a man in his 40s, and described him as a "vengeful repeat offender" who had daggers in his car and intended to "cause serious damage".

In late November, a car ploughed into a group of children crossing a street in front of an elementary school in the north-eastern Liaoning province, killing five people and injuring at least 19.

The driver said he "chose his victims at random" and had reportedly been contemplating suicide due to domestic troubles before the tragedy occurred.

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 23, 2019, with the headline 'Driver shot dead after ramming into passers-by'. Print Edition | Subscribe