De­tails re­leased on driver who rammed crowd; 11 dead, 44 hos­pi­tal­ized

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YANGFEI zhangyangfei@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

A 54-year-old man de­tained for driv­ing an SUV into a crowd in Heng­dong county, Hu­nan prov­ince, on Wed­nes­day night and then at­tack­ing peo­ple with a shovel and dag­ger, has a crim­i­nal record and has been jailed sev­eral times for drug deal­ing, pub­lic brawl­ing and in­ten­tional in­jury, lo­cal po­lice said on Thurs­day.

They said his de­sire for re­venge on so­ci­ety mo­ti­vated his at­tack on the crowd gath­ered in a lo­cal square. The at­tack by Yang Zanyun caused heavy ca­su­al­ties, they said, with 11 peo­ple killed and 44 still in the hospi­tal.

The at­tack took place at around 7:40 pm. Three of the in­jured, who are in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, were rushed to the hospi­tal. Yang was taken into cus­tody at the scene.

The case is un­der fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion by po­lice and the lo­cal procu­ra­torate.

Ac­cord­ing to records posted on China Judg­ments On­line, Yang was born in Heng­dong county in 1964, has a ju­nior high school ed­u­ca­tion and is un­em­ployed.

In Oc­to­ber 1992, he was sen­tenced two years’ im­pris­on­ment by the peo­ple’s court in Heng­dong for in­ten­tional in­jury, and in 2001 the same court jailed him for three years for deal­ing drugs, Beijing Evening News re­ported.

In Oc­to­ber 2005, Yang was sen­tenced to nine months and three days in prison for de­fi­ance and brawl­ing, and a year later was given a year’s pro­ba­tion af­ter be­ing found guilty of ac­ci­den­tally caus­ing a fire.

In Au­gust 2009, Yang was jailed for an­other six months for ex­tor­tion. He was re­leased in May 2014.

Du Ji­a­hao, sec­re­tary of the pro­vin­cial Party com­mit­tee, urged of­fi­cials to set up spe­cial teams for med­i­cal aid, post-ac­ci­dent co­or­di­na­tion and case in­ves­ti­ga­tion, while treat­ing the in­jured and tak­ing care of the fam­i­lies in­volved.

Hu­nan Gov­er­nor Xu Dazhe and Vice-Gov­er­nor Xu Xian­hui ar­rived in Heng­dong to visit the in­jured.

Sun Li­jun, vice-min­is­ter of pub­lic se­cu­rity, led a team to guide the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Lo­cal health au­thor­i­ties also dis­patched groups of med­i­cal ex­perts to Heng­dong and drew up treat­ment plans for each hos­pi­tal­ized vic­tim.

The county gov­ern­ment has sent per­son­nel to pro­vide oneon-one sup­port for fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

Many mem­bers of the pub­lic have vol­un­teered to as­sist in aid work and the lo­cal blood cen­ter has called for more blood donors to come for­ward.

CAO ZHENGPING / FOR CHINA DAILY

A stu­dent from the Univer­sity of South China do­nates blood in Hengyang, Hu­nan prov­ince, on Thurs­day. The city has called for the pub­lic to do­nate for peo­ple in­jured in a deadly at­tack in Heng­dong county on Wed­nes­day. Eleven peo­ple have died and 44 were in­jured in the au­to­mo­bile and knife at­tack.

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