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Soldier killer still at large, armed|
By Tan Yingzi in Chongqing and Hu Yinan in Beijing (China Daily)
Updated: 2009-03-24 08:54
After pulling out hazy images from security surveillance cameras, the Chongqing police have launched a "door-to-door search" for the unidentified suspect who shot dead a teenage soldier at the army barracks here on Thursday, before fleeing with his loaded assault rifle.
"It has been confirmed that the victim, identified as 18-year-old Han Junliang, was shot twice in the chest with a pistol at about 7:40 pm on Thursday. The attacker was wearing a hoodie, which is why his face is not clearly visible in the images captured by surveillance cameras," the police source told China Daily yesterday.
Police have obtained the fingerprint of the suspect, the source said.
"The attacker searched the victim's body for bullets after he shot him; that's how he left the fingerprints," the source said.
The assailant first fired in the air to attract the soldier's attention, the source said. "He (the suspect) then walked up to Han, shot him twice and fled with his assault rifle."
The rifle, a type 81-1, "was empty", the source said, adding that military sentries are normally unarmed.
The police, together with the military, have launched a door-to-door search for the assailant, the source said. The police have announced a reward of 300,000 yuan ($43,900) for anyone who can provide clues leading to the suspect's arrest, Chongqing public security bureau spokesman Liu Kun was earlier quoted as saying.