SCMP: Serial Armed Robber Suspected in Chongqing KillingPosted: August 11, 2012
SCMP reports: “Chongqing authorities put up a reward of 500,000 yuan ($78,500) to track down a serial armed robber suspected of gunning down three people outside a bank in the southwestern municipality yesterday.
“A woman was killed and a man severely injured after being shot in the neck in front of a Bank of China branch in Shapingba district at 9.30am. It is believed they were a couple and had just left the bank.
“A bank security guard was shot in the arm while trying to chase the killer, who snatched the woman’s handbag.
“‘The victims were lying on the street in blood,’ Gong Xiaolu, 26, who lives nearby, said. ‘I heard they withdrew only 20,000 yuan ($3,140) in cash. It was really scary.’
“Police identified the suspect as 42-year-old Zhou Kehua, a Chongqing native. They said Zhou was believed to have killed and injured a dozen people in Hunan, Jiangsu and Chongqing since 2004, and to have robbed them of a huge amount of money.”
“Some Chongqing residents commented ironically on microblogging websites, lamenting worsening public safety in the city once famous for its anti-crime campaign, led by disgraced former party chief Bo Xilai and former police chief Wang Lijun. One microblogger wrote: ‘I don’t care about politics. We Chongqing people only know that after they were gone, gangsters started coming back and the city is no longer safe.’”