BEIJING (AP) — Five people were killed, including two police officers, in a shooting Tuesday in rural northern China, police said.
The early morning shooting in Hebei province's Suning county marked a rare incidence of gun crime in China, where private ownership of firearms is illegal.
The gunman, 40-year-old Liu Shuangrui, who was among those killed, had suffered from paranoid schizophrenia, according to a statement from the police department in the surrounding municipality of Cangzhou. Liu turned a double-barreled shotgun on his neighbors, killing two, before police arrived at the scene, the statement said.
Two officers were then shot to death, including the political commissar of the county police department, before Liu was shot and killed, it said. Two other police officers were among five people injured in the shooting.