Jun 24, 2013 06:28 PM

Killings in Shanghai Involved Chemical Plant Closure


(Shanghai) – A rampage that left six people dead and four injured on June 22 involved a chemical plant in Shanghai that had been closed over pollution complaints.

Fan Jieming allegedly killed one person with a tool and five others with a gun. Fan, 62, is in police custody.

He is the office manager at the plant, which ceased production since May 16 due to pollution complaints, residents of the northern Shanghai district of Baoshan say.

Fan is also the uncle of the man who signed a contract in 2011 to run the plant, a source at the company said. Fan was involved in a dispute with the owner of the plant over whether equipment should be dismantled.

His first alleged victim was a worker who had come to take equipment apart, a second source at the company said. Fan apparently attacked him with a tool.

Fan then got a hunting rifle from his dorm room and took an unlicensed cab to flee. He later shot the driver and a guard at a People's Liberation Army barracks, snatched the guard's gun and drove back to the factory.

When he returned, Fan shot the factory owner and two workers. It was unclear how the four were wounded. Fan was arrested at the scene.

Baoshan District is home to many chemical plants and has a train station that specializes in handling hazardous chemical products. However, many people have moved to the area amid rapid urbanization, prompting complaints about pollution.

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