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Deliveryman stabs 5 guards

FIVE security guards were stabbed by an express deliveryman in an office building in downtown Xintiandi area yesterday just as the latter was stopped for an identification check.

The injured were rushed to various hospitals and one of them, a security manager, was once in serious condition with stab injuries to the head and neck. By last night all the five were in stable condition.

The suspect, surnamed Wang in his 30s, was subdued at the scene by other security guards and was detained by Luwan District police. The motive for the deliveryman's assault was unclear, police said.

"It was horrible - one of the security guards escaped to the lobby from the backdoor, bleeding all over," said an employee of a Standard Chartered Bank branch in Platinum Tower at 233 Taicang Road.

The incident happened about 9:50am in the loading area of the building when the suspect was stopped from entering as he was not wearing a uniform.

Wang was asked to show his ID card and register, but he refused, claiming he had been delivering to the building for a long time, one of the injured security guards surnamed Jiang said at Shanghai No. 9 People's Hospital.

"The man had a quarrel with one of our guys and we called the manager," the guard, who was injured in the waist, said. "The manager still insisted on the ID check and then it happened."

The quarrel turned bloody when Wang suddenly took out a 14-centimeter knife and aimed directly at the manager's head.

"He was crazy and stabbed whoever was in uniform," said another injured guard at Ruijin Hospital. "I didn't even know what was going on and I just happened to be in his way."

A raving Wang then broke into the building, stabbing another three guards on his way, and tried to get into the elevator but was finally subdued by onrushing security guards at 10:06am.

Wang, from Anhui Province, is an employee of Shanghai Transnational Supply Chain Solutions Co Ltd, and had worked as a deliveryman in the city for eight years, according to his younger brother.

"He has always been impatient," his brother told a reporter of Shanghai TV Station last night.

It was unclear why he was carrying a knife. It was not possible to reach Wang's company yesterday.

It was not the first conflict between the building's security staff and deliverymen, said Nick Ning, who used to work in the building.

"I wonder if these security guys' attitude toward these men will become better or worse after this incident?" Ning told Shanghai Daily, alluding to earlier incidents of argument and friction.


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