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Man kills 3 judges, self in China court

Associated Press / June 2, 2010

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BEIJING — A man firing a small automatic weapon burst into a court office in central China yesterday, fatally shooting three judges and wounding three other people before killing himself, an official said.

The shooting spree was one of at least three violent incidents reported yesterday, the latest in a spate of public attacks, including several on schoolchildren, that has shocked China.

In the court shooting, the attacker was identified as a 46-year-old man who the official Xinhua News Agency reported held a grudge against the court over a ruling it had made in a property division dispute three years ago between him and his wife, who were divorcing.

Xinhua identified the assailant as Zhu Jun, a head of security at the Lingling district post office in Yongzhou in Hunan Province. He apparently told his co-worker he was taking the automatic weapon and two pistols for an inspection by city authorities then headed to the District People’s Court, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

He fired the gun after breaking into the office on the fourth floor, killing the three judges and wounding three court staff, said a spokesman of the city’s Communist Party propaganda department.

The official said the judges were discussing a case unrelated to the man.

Zhu, who lived with his elderly parents after the divorce, apparently held a grudge against the court because of its property decision, Xinhua said. The judges Zhu attacked were not involved in his earlier case, the report said.

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