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Fatal stabbing shocks patrons

A woman was brutally stabbed to death yesterday afternoon by a man in a downtown restaurant over their love affair, sending shocked customers running, police and witnesses said.

The 37-year-old Chen Haiyan was fatally stabbed over 10 times at the A-Ka Cafe & Restaurant at the underground D-Mall in People's Square in Huangpu District, witnesses said. Chen was pronounced dead on arrival after being rushed to Changzheng Hospital. The suspect surnamed Tang, 38, was caught by security guards at the mall, police said.

Police said their early investigation showed the conflict was caused by a love quarrel that suddenly escalated. The horror happened about 3:30pm when Chen and Tang were drinking at the cafe near the exit of the underground mall on Wusheng Road, police said.

"The conversation seemed not going well as the woman stood up and was trying to leave," said an employee of the neighboring shop. "The man suddenly caught the woman by the hair and stabbed her in the neck and chest with a fruit knife."

The scene scared all the customers and employees of the cafe, who ran out quickly and called for help. A bloody Chen soon fell to the ground, witnesses said.

However, Tang did not stop stabbing but continued the crime until he injured his own hands, the employee said.

"She was still breathing while lying in blood," said another witness, who works in the Watson's outlet nearby. "She was trying to call for help with her mouth open but couldn't make a sound."

Tang did not leave the scene after the crime but waited to be caught after tossing the knife aside, witnesses said.

"I want her to be dead," he said to himself, according to the witnesses.

Chen suffered repeated stabs on the neck, chest, belly and back and had lost life signs before arriving at the hospital, said Wang Genhua, an official from Changzheng Hospital. "Her artery on the neck and heart were both broken."

Chen was sent by an ambulance to the hospital about 4pm. Doctors conducted first aid and soon pronounced her dead, officials said.

"Almost every stab is fatal," said professor Guo Changxing of the hospital. "One stab was right in her heart, one in the carotid and several others across her body."

Tang was also sent to the hospital by police for treatment on the wound he suffered on both hands. Hospital officials said his hands may have been injured from stabbing the woman.

The case was still under investigation yesterday.


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