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2 killed in rare shooting incident in China

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BEIJING (AP) – A 51-year-old Chinese bank employee in the country’s northeast fatally wounded two bank officials Wednesday with a shotgun in a rare shooting incident, local media reported.

Local newspapers from the Liaoning province said the man, upset over a monetary dispute with his employer, opened fire on the president, the union chairman and two other colleagues in the lobby of a local branch of People’s Bank of China.

Liaoshen Evening News said the suspect, identified by his family name Liu, was taken into custody. The paper said the man also wounded some bank customers. Calls to the local police were unanswered Wednesday evening.

China bans private ownership of firearms but allows purchase of shotguns in regions that have a hunting tradition.

Violent incidents in China usually involve more primitive weapons such as cleavers and knives.

 

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