Mall knife at­tack sus­pect vent­ing against so­ci­ety: Bei­jing po­lice

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Bei­jing po­lice said the man who al­legedly ran­domly at­tacked peo­ple at a busy Bei­jing shop­ping mall with a knife was vent­ing his griev­ances on so­ci­ety and did not know any of the vic­tims.

One per­son was killed and twelve oth­ers in­jured in the at­tack at the Bei­jing Joy City shop­ping mall on Sun­day. The sus­pect, sur­named Zhu, be­came de­pressed af­ter be­ing frus­trated at work, had con­flicts with his em­ploy­ers sev­eral times and was ad­dicted to on­line games, the Bei­jing po­lice said on Sina Weibo on Tues­day.

They added that Zhu was not re­lated to any of the vic­tims.

They also said Zhu dropped out af­ter grad­u­at­ing from ju­nior high school and had fre­quently changed jobs. He rarely com­mu­ni­cated with oth­ers and had even cut off con­tact with his fam­ily, they said.

Zhu has been un­em­ployed since the end of 2017.

Af­ter the at­tack, Bei­jing up­graded its se­cu­rity mea­sures to the high­est level be­gin­ning Sun­day, and about 200,000 se­cu­rity guards, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity Party of­fi­cials and pa­trol teams, be­gan con­duct­ing night pa­trols. They are fo­cus­ing on ar­eas in­clud­ing traf­fic hubs and night­time en­ter­tain­ment venues.

More than 700,000 se­cu­rity vol­un­teers also be­gan pa­trolling Bei­jing streets on Mon­day af­ter the at­tack.

The se­cu­rity vol­un­teers, in­clud­ing res­i­dents wear­ing red arm­bands, will strengthen pa­trols at traf­fic hubs and densely-pop­u­lated ar­eas, in­clud­ing busi­ness dis­tricts. They will work with po­lice de­part­ments to re­port any sus­pi­cious move­ments and con­tribute to a peace­ful Spring Fes­ti­val en­vi­ron­ment, the Bei­jing Daily re­ported.

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