Police offer reward in deadly bank-robbery attempt

Updated: 2012-08-10 20:37

By Xu Wei (chinadaily.com.cn)

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Police offered a reward of 500,000 yuan ($78,600) to anyone who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect in a fatal shooting in front of a Chongqing bank on Friday.

Police has identified the suspect as Zhou Kehua, a 42-year-old from Ertang village, Jingkou township, Shapingba district of Southwest China’s Chongqing municipality.

The shooting occurred at about 9:34 am on Friday outside a Bank of China outlet in Shapingba district, when Zhou allegedly killed one person and wounded another two in a robbery attempt, Chongqing police said in a statement.

Zhou robbed a shoulder bag from the dead person, fled the scene and then took a motorcycle taxi, police said.

In a notice that was released to the public, police described Zhou as 167 cm tall and having a junior middle-school education.

He has a strong Chongqing accent and relatively dark skin, with a scar in his right eyebrow, police said.

Zhou has committed several robberies in Jiangsu and Hunan provinces as well as Chongqing since 2004, in which several people were killed and a large sum of cash was robbed, police said.