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Shanghai officers join hunt for Nanjing killing suspect

Police in Shanghai have joined efforts to hunt down the man who gunned down a bank customer in Nanjing, capital of Jiangsu Province, and robbed him of 200,000 yuan (US$31,657) last Friday.

Police in suburban Jiading District, which borders Jiangsu, have strengthened street patrols, and wanted posters have been put up across the city.

However, this did not mean the suspect was in town, police said, appealing for residents not to panic.

The posters, with two images of the suspect, ask residents to call 110 if they have any information about the man described as around 40 years old, 1.7 meters high, middle build, tanned and with splayed feet. He is said to speak Mandarin with a strong Sichuan Province accent.

The posters says the suspect often wears a cap, sunglasses and gloves and seldom speaks while buying breakfast, only pointing to the food he wants before paying.

At 9:45am last Friday, in front of a bank in Nanjing's busy Xiaguan District, he shot the customer in the head and fled with the cash the victim had just withdrawn.

Police in Nanjing yesterday doubled the reward for the killer's arrest to 200,000 yuan. He is also a suspect in a series of murders and robberies in other cities over the past seven years.

Police said they have received hundreds of calls about the case but did not reveal more details as the investigation is continuing.

Thousands of officers have been mobilized to conduct a "blanket" manhunt in Jiangsu, they said.

The killer is believed to have used the same gun to kill six people and injure another two in six robberies that took place in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province, and Chongqing City since 2004, the police said after comparing ballistic evidence.

Police in Changsha have raised security levels and are checking hotels, Internet cafes, entertainment venues and rented houses throughout the city.

The case has shocked people across the nation because the suspect appears to have easily evaded capture despite the string of robberies and killings over the past seven years.

Insiders said Nanjing police remained optimistic about an arrest as they had proved efficient in solving cases in the past.

With the addition of reward money offered in other provinces, the total price on the suspect's head is now 2.2 million yuan.


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