Man Kills 3 Judges in China Shooting Spree

Post office security guard have been angry over divorce ruling

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 1, 2010 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – A man with a small automatic weapon burst into a court office in China Tuesday, killing three judges and wounding three others before killing himself. The 46-year-old head of security at a post office reportedly told a co-worker he was taking his weapons for an inspection, then headed to court instead. The judges were discussing a case unrelated to the shooter, but he is said to have been angry about the court's ruling in an earlier property dispute related to his divorce, reports the AP. The The judges who were killed were not involved in that case.

Private gun ownership is virtually banned in China, but the country has seen a rise in violent crimes in recent years, including a series of gruesome attacks on teachers and school children with knives and hammers. Click here for more details.

Police officers work outside a courthouse where a man shot dead three judges and killed himself in Yongzhou, in south China's Hunan province.
Police officers work outside a courthouse where a man shot dead three judges and killed himself in Yongzhou, in south China's Hunan province.   (AP Photo)
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