According to media reports, a high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official at a top Chinese university in Shanghai died after being attacked by a teacher colleague.
On June 7, at 2:52 p.m. local time, a deadly knife attack occurred at a university on Handan Road, Yangpu district, Shanghai city, according to Shanghai police. The suspect was identified as a 39-year-old male teacher at the school with the surname Jiang, and the victim, a colleague of Jiang, was identified as a 49-year-old male with the surname Wang, according to the notice.
According to the notice, the suspect admitted to the killing because of his hatred for the victim due to employment concerns.
The police notice did not specify the name of the university, nor did it mention the victim’s title or any specific motives for the alleged fatal attack.
According to a map search and media reports, the crime scene occurred at Fudan University, one of China’s most prestigious institutions of higher learning and the only one that corresponds to the stated location.
According to an internal obituary posted by the university’s School of Mathematical Sciences on June 8, the victim was Wang Yongzhen, the school’s party chief.
A popular theory circulating online about possible motives for the murder focused on Jiang, the alleged killer, being fired from his teaching position for failing to meet the performance requirements outlined in a six-year contract signed between him and the school.
According to reports, Jiang’s current title is research fellow, and he could have been promoted to associate professor if his job performance evaluation had been successful.
However, a video posted online shows the alleged attacker unmistakably admitting, in the presence of police officers, that he had been framed and mistreated by his employer for a long time. He also claimed to have carried out the attack on his own.
The School of Mathematical Sciences’ official website is currently unavailable to visitors, with the message “Our website is under maintenance.”
When a negative incident occurs, it is not uncommon for an official website of a group or organisation to be closed. The Chengdu No. 49 Middle School, for example, had its website unavailable after a sophomore died after falling high from a campus building.
According to Chinese state media outlets, China has seen a dozen violent incidents since late May of this year.
A mass stabbing spree occurred on a commercial strip in Yingjiang district, Anqing city, Anhui province, eastern China, on June 5. A 25-year-old man with the surname Wu killed six people at random and injured 14 others, one of whom is critically ill in the hospital.
On June 3, a 42-year-old man wielded a knife and severely injured two residents of a residential community in Liuzhou, China’s Guangxi province’s southern region. They died as a result of ineffective hospital treatment. According to reports, preliminary findings indicate that the attacker had relationship issues.
On May 29, a 41-year-old man allegedly ran over his ex-wife with his car on a street in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, due to relationship problems. He then fled the scene, injuring seven others at random with a knife.
On May 22, a 31-year-old man named Liu drove a black car toward pedestrians at an intersection near a park in Dalian, Liaoning Province, China’s northeast. The crash killed four people and injured three others. The attacker allegedly failed in an investment before committing the homicide.