Gun­shots fired at Chi­nese con­sulate

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By MO JINGXI mo­jingxi@chi­

China asked the United States to de­ter­mine what had hap­pened on Tues­day af­ter a shoot­ing out­side the Chi­nese con­sulate in Los An­ge­les and to take mea­sures to en­sure the safety of the build­ing and the diplo­mats work­ing there.

A man fired sev­eral gun­shots out­side the Con­sulate Gen­eral of China in Los An­ge­les on Tues­day morn­ing be­fore tak­ing his own life.

The Chi­nese con­sulate con­firmed the shoot­ing and said in a brief state­ment on Tues­day that “it is ex­tremely con­cerned about the in­ci­dent and has urged the US to take all nec­es­sary mea­sures to pro­tect the safety of the con­sulate build­ing as well as the diplo­matic staff there”.

It also asked US au­thor­i­ties to find out what had hap­pened, the state­ment said.

The shoot­ing, re­ported about 6 am, did not in­jure any­one else. The man, in his 60s, died in his ve­hi­cle at the shoot­ing scene, Xin­hua News Agency quoted an of­fi­cial from the con­sulate as say­ing.

Po­lice con­firmed that the man was of Asian de­scent, but did not iden­tify him, the of­fi­cial said.

A con­sulate of­fi­cial also told Xin­hua that a re­port say­ing the shooter is a Chi­nese na­tional is “just spec­u­la­tion.” The of­fi­cial said the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment was in­ves­ti­gat­ing and would as­cer­tain the gun­man’s back­ground in the com­ing days.

In 2011, a man of Chi­nese ori­gin opened fire at the same con­sulate with a hand­gun. There were no in­juries in that in­ci­dent.

Xin­hua re­porters who ar­rived at the scene shortly af­ter the in­ci­dent saw six bul­let holes in the con­sulate build­ing, with one on the build­ing’s metal ad­dress plate, two on the fa­cade near sur­veil­lance cam­eras and three in win­dows.

A con­sulate se­cu­rity guard told Xin­hua that the gun­man shot at least 17 bul­lets be­fore killing him­self in his car.

It was not im­me­di­ately clear if the gun­man had any po­lit­i­cal mo­tive, lo­cal me­dia cited po­lice sources as say­ing.

Of­fi­cials from the con­sulate told Xin­hua that the con­sulate gen­eral opened to the pub­lic on Tues­day as usual.

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