Zhou Kehua

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Zhou Kehua
Zhou Kehua.jpg
Born (1970-02-06)6 February 1970
Died 14 August 2012(2012-08-14) (aged 42)
Cause of death Shot dead by police.
Date August 14, 2012
Location(s) Jiangsu, Hunan and Chongqing, China
Target(s) Bank depositor
Killed 10
Injured 5
Weapons firearms
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Zhou.

Zhou Kehua (simplified Chinese: 周克华; traditional Chinese: 周克華; pinyin: Zhōu Kèhuá, February 6, 1970 – August 14, 2012[1]) was a Chinese gunman suspected of murder and robbery. According to Chinese media, he is believed to be involved in at least nine murder and robbery cases. He was therefore classified as an A-level wanted criminal of the Ministry of Public Security.[2]

Early life[edit]

Zhou was born in Jinkou Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing in February 6, 1970. In 1985, at age 15, Zhou was jailed for 14 days on molestation charges.[3] In 2005, he was jailed again for arms trafficking.[4] In 1991, Zhou stole a shotgun in Chongqing. Two years later, he was arrested and sentenced to Re-education through labor for illegal possession of firearms. In 1997, he purchased a Type 54 pistol near the border of China and Burma in Yunnan Province.[5]


Zhou is suspected to have killed ten people and robbed millions of yuan in Jiangsu, Hunan and Chongqing between 2004 and 2012.[2]

According to police investigators in Changsha, Zhou Kehua had been a mercenary soldier in Burma until 2004, which explained his familiarity with guns.[6]


After a massive manhunt, Zhou was shot and killed by police on August 14, 2012.[7]


Despite repeated confirmations from Chongqing authorities, many Chinese are suspicious that the killed person is not Zhou Kehua, but instead a plain clothes policeman killed by accident. Zhong Shan Commentary, a Hunan TV show, summarized the suspicion and accusation on August 21, 2012.


  1. ^ "Serial killer Zhou Kehua shot dead". China.org.cn. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  2. ^ a b Paul Armstrong (2012-08-13). "Troops, police search for China's 'most wanted' robber". CNN. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  3. ^ "周克华被枪改变的人生:少年好色 中年冷血". gwm.cn. 2012-08-13. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  4. ^ 周克華無特種兵經歷 2005年因販槍在雲南服刑 (in Chinese). ifeng.com. 2012-08-11. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  5. ^ 潇湘晨报 黄波 (2012-08-15). 知情人士称周克华曾在缅甸当过雇佣兵. Sina.com.cn (in Chinese). Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  6. ^ 长沙警方称周克华曾在缅甸当过雇佣兵. Netease (in Chinese). 2012-08-15. Archived from the original on August 17, 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-15. 
  7. ^ "China police: Suspected 'bank killer' shot dead". 2012-08-14.