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Kindergarten attack leaves village in shock

05-14-2010 08:40 BJT

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Police investigating Wednesday's kindergarten attack say their initial investigation suggests it was caused by a property dispute between the assailant and the owner of the kindergarten. Nine people, including young children, died and eleven others were injured in the deadly rampage. The survivors are now in stable condition in intensive care at local hospitals.

The kindergarten in Linchang village remained sealed off on Thursday as police continue their investigation.

The tragedy was the fifth such attack involving children in less than two months. But unlike previous cases, this attack seems to be based on economic motives.

Su Quanling, resident of Hanzhong City, said, "He was renting out property. He wanted this property back but the contract had not expired yet. This dispute flared up many times but was never resolved. I don't think he had any psychological problems."

Investigators say the attacker, Wu Huanming, had rented out his house to Wu Hongying, who was using it to operate a kindergarten. In April, Wu Huanming demanded his house back, but his tenant didn't want to return the property until June or July, once vacation had started at the kindergarten.

On Wednesday, Wu Huanming began a rampage in the kindergarten using a meat cleaver. He killed Wu Hongying and her 80-year-old mother, and then slashed at children as young as three years old. Another seven were killed, and eleven injured. Wu Huanming later committed suicide.

The village is in shock.

Dr. Cui xiangbin, Hospital official, said, "This is the first time that this kind of thing has happened and I am very troubled by it. "

This hospital is treating six injured kids Four boys and two girls between the ages of 3 and six-and-a-half. Most have head wounds.

A grandmother of 2 injured children said, "Both my grandson and granddaughter are here being treated, but they are out of critical condition."

None of the survivors is in immediate danger.

Sociologists say the recent attacks reflect the tragic consequences of mental illness and rising stress in China's fast changing society.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CCTV.com

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