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The Tian Mingjian incident was an act of spree killing that occurred on September 20, 1994 in Beijing, China, when a People's Liberation Army officer First Lieutenant Tian Mingjian (chin.: 田明建) killed and injured several people at his military base in Tongxian County and afterwards drove towards Jianguomenmarker, where he continued his shooting spree and indiscriminately fired at people in the streets. Dozens were killed or wounded, including an Iranianmarker diplomat and his son who was driving nearby before Lt. Tian was finally shot dead by a police sniper.

Being reprimanded after a quarrel with superiors, Lt. Tian Ming Jian, 31, armed himself with a type 81 assault rifle and began shooting, killing five soldiers and officers, including the Communist Party political commissar of the camp, and injured at least ten more, before he fled the military base in Tongxian County. While his fellow soldiers were ordered to change their uniforms, in order not to disturb the public when they are searching for the deserter, Tian hijacked a jeep and headed towards Beijing. Arriving in Tiananmen Squaremarker at 7:20am he jumped out, started shooting people at random and riddled a passing bus with bullets. 17 people were killed, among them Iranianmarker diplomat Yousef Mohammadi Pishknari and his son. Dozens were injured on his trail towards Jianguomenmarker, while police desperatly tried to apprehend him. Eventually Lt. Tian was besieged at Yabao Road and heavy police fire forced him to flee into a dead end, where he was killed by a sniper.

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  1. Police Identify Gunman As Member Of Chinese Army, The Seattle Times (September 21, 1994)
  2. Details surface on Chinese officer's shooting spree, Philadelphia Inquirer (September 24, 1994)
  3. Ex-Chinese military officers protest over "work, life issues", BBC (July 9, 2008)

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