A man in China today tried to kill his wife and daughter before driving his car onto the street and ramming into pedestrians, leaving at least six dead including a child.
The suspect, 44-year-old Cui Lidong, was shot dead by police at the scene.
Mr Cui, said to be a restaurant owner, allegedly hit ‘whomever was in his way’ in the city of Zaoyang in central China’s Hubei Province.
After his own car was wrecked, he hijacked an ambulance sent to rescue victims and hit another four or five people, an eyewitness described the horrifying incident to Chinese media.
Eight more people were injured in the incident, including the man’s wife and child, according to the Zaoyang People’s Government.
The incident took place at around 6am local time in the city’s Yaogang neighbourhood, the authority said.
It is alleged that Mr Cui had suffered from a mental illness in the past and had been emotionally unstable in the lead-up to the incident.
The case is under investigation and the injured are being treated, Zaoyang government added in a statement.
A video, published by 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.
One local resident known by her surname Wang told BJ News that the culprit ‘hit whomever was in his way’.
Another eyewitness recalled that the man seized control of an ambulance and continued mowing down pedestrians, including elderly people and children.
The eyewitness, who appeared to know the suspect personally, added: ‘He had a history of mental illnesses. A few days ago, he had an altercation with a neighbour, and it was likely he had been irritated and his illness returned.’
China has suffered a spate of similar incidents in recent months.
Last September, 11 people died and dozens were injured when a car struck a crowd in a public square in the central Hunan province city of Hengdong.
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 northeastern 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.
Source: Daily Mail