In a rare shooting rampage, a local official in China’s southwestern province of Sichuan has reportedly shot and injured two other officials before committing suicide.
The incident took place on Wednesday, when a gunman burst into an official meeting at an exhibition center in the city of Panzhihua, firing multiple shots at the participants, state news agency Xinhua reported.
A statement from the city’s information office identified the suspect as Chen Zhongshu, the chief of the city’s Land and Resources Bureau. He fled the scene following the shooting before being found dead as a result of a self-inflicted wound on the second floor of the building.
The report, however, did not elaborate on the motive of the shooting attack.
The pair wounded in the incident, which happened at about 10:50 local time, were identified as the city’s Communist Party chief Zhang Yan as well as Mayor Li Jianqin. However, their injuries are not life threatening, according to the report.
Violent crimes are relatively rare in China, compared with many other nations across the globe since gun ownership there is strictly controlled.
However, there have been several instances of knife attacks in recent years, including one last November, in which seven children were reported wounded.