2010 Hebei tractor rampage

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Hebei tractor rampage
China Hebei.svg
Hebei province
Location Yuanshi County, Hebei, China
Date August 1, 2010
Attack type
Mass murder
Weapons
Deaths 17
Non-fatal injuries
20–30
Perpetrator Li Xianliang

The Hebei tractor rampage was a spontaneous mass murder incident in which 17 people were killed in Yuanshi County, Hebei, China by an intoxicated man driving a bucket loader. At least 20 others were wounded.[1][2]

The rampage[edit]

The rampage began when coal worker Li Xianliang (李献良), who had been drinking[3] and had a blood alcohol content of 154 milligrams per 100 millilitres,[4] had an argument. Early reports said his first intended victim was a customer,[2] whom he tried to kill.[3] The customer escaped, but another nearby was killed as the rampage began.[3] A later report said that the first person killed was the murderer's boss, with whom he had been arguing about money.[1]

During the incident, the attacker smashed into cars, motorcycles, buses, shops and trees. Passersby jumped onto the tractor, and one stabbed the driver in an attempt to stop the attack. The killer tried to attack the passersby with a crowbar and a brick before being subdued.[1] At least eight of the victims died at the scene of the attack, while at least another three died in a hospital.[2] The youngest victim was five years old.[5] The rampage lasted for about an hour.[6]

Aftermath[edit]

The attack followed unrelated attacks on schools elsewhere in China; the Chinese government removed some mentions of the incidents from the internet in China for fear that mass coverage of such violence can provoke copycat attacks.[7] The various attacks on anonymous people and an attack on police have resulted in calls for better mental health care, as mental health problems often go undiagnosed and untreated in China.[8] As a result, 550 new mental health clinics were opened and security was increased outside primary schools and nurseries all over China.[9]

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