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Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Robberies
Number of victims: 10
Date of murders: 2004 - 2012
Date of birth: February 6, 1970
Victims profile: 7 men and 3 women
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Jiangsu, Hunan and Chongqing, China
Status: Shot and killed by police on August 14, 2012

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Zhou Kehua (simplified Chinese: 周克华; traditional Chinese: 周克華; pinyin: Zhōu Khu, February 6, 1970 August 14, 2012) was a Chinese gunman suspected of murder and robbery. According to Chinese media, he is believed to be involved in at least nine murder and robbery cases. Therefore, he used to be an A-level wanted criminal of the Ministry of Public Security.

Early life

Zhou was born in Jinkou Town, Shapingba District, Chongqing in February 6, 1970. In 1985, at age 15, Zhou was jailed for 14 days on molestation charges. In 2005, he was jailed again for arms trafficking. In 1991, Zhou stole a shotgun in Chongqing. Two years later, he was arrested and sentenced to Re-education through labor for illegal possession of firearms. In 1997, he purchased a Type 54 pistol near the border of China and Burma in Yunnan Province.


Zhou is suspected to have killed ten people and robbed millions of yuan in Jiangsu, Hunan and Chongqing between 2004 and 2012.

According to police investigators in Changsha, Zhou Kehua had been a mercenary soldier in Burma until 2004, which explained his familiarity with guns.


After a massive manhunt, Zhou was shot and killed by police on August 14, 2012.


Despite repeated confirmations from Chongqing authorities, many Chinese are suspicious that the killed person is not Zhou Kehua, but instead a plain clothes policeman killed by accident. Zhong Shan Commentary, a Hunan TV show, summarized the suspicion and accusation on August 21, 2012.


Serial killer Zhou Kehua dead

August 14, 2012

A man who is accused of a series of robberies and killings since 2004 died in a shootout with police Tuesday morning in southwest China's Chongqing municipality.

Zhou Kehua's DNA information, provided by police in Jiangsu Province, and his physical description, provided by police in Changsha, Hunan Province, laid a "solid foundation" for the operation, police in Chongqing said.

The search for Zhou has been going on since Friday morning, as he is suspected of having killed a woman and injured another two in a robbery in which he is thought to have stolen 250,000 yuan ($39,300) from the victims.

Zhou is also suspected of killing a railway police officer on Friday when the officer was patrolling a section of railway in Chongqing.

Pictures released by Chongqing police showed Zhou in a blue T-shirt and a pair of suit pants lying in a pool of blood with at least one visible bullet hole in his head and a mobile phone, a pair of sunglasses and a small handbag near his body.

The pistol that Zhou used in the robberies can also be seen in the photos.

Crowds of local residents once gripped by the terror created by the alleged serial killer were seen standing along nearby streets, watching a police vehicle carrying Zhou's body leave the scene.

The alleged killer, described as "ruthless and highly dangerous" by China's authorities, became infamous for robbing people withdrawing money from banks and repeatedly dodging police manhunts.

The Ministry of Public Security classified Zhou as a "class-A" suspect. In all, 5.4 million yuan in rewards were offered for tips leading to his capture.


Since 2004, Zhou Kehua is suspected of being involved in a series of robberies and shootings.

April 22, 2004

One woman was shot dead and another woman injured in a bank robbery in Jiangbei district, in Southwest China's Chongqing. The suspect took 70,000 yuan ($11,005).

May 16, 2005

Two suspects shot and robbed a couple near a bank in Shapingba district in Chongqing. A passer-by was also shot. The couple died. The suspects made off with 170,000 yuan.

March 19, 2009

A People's Liberation Army soldier standing guard outside a garrison in Chongqing was shot dead. The victim, identified as 18-year-old Han Junliang, was shot twice in the chest with a pistol. The suspect took the garrison guard's submachine gun and ran.

Oct 14, 2009

A 56-year-old farmer was shot dead in a park in Tianxin district of Changsha, capital of Central China's Hunan province. The suspect used a homemade gun.

Dec 4, 2009

A 41-year-old man was shot dead outside a bank in Tianxin district of Changsha. The victim had withdrawn cash and was walking to his car when the suspect shot him in the head. The suspect took 45,000 yuan from the man.

Oct 25, 2010

A trading company owner was shot dead in Yuhua district of Changsha.

June 28, 2011

A 48-year-old businessman was shot in the head and stomach as he got out of his car near a construction site in Tianxin district of Changsha. The man was taken to a hospital and survived.

Jan 6, 2012

A 42-year-old man was shot in a robbery in Nanjing, Jiangsu province. He was robbed shortly after he withdrew 200,000 yuan from a bank in the Xiaguan district. The suspect fled the scene by jumping into a vehicle. The victim died in a hospital.

Aug 10, 2012

A woman was shot dead and two others injured in front of a bank in Shapingba district in Chongqing. A total of 250,000 yuan ($39,300) was stolen from the victims. A railway police officer was killed when patrolling a section of railway.



China police: Suspected 'bank killer' shot dead

August 14, 2012

A suspected armed robber accused of killing at least nine people since 2004 has been shot dead by police in China's Chongqing, state-run media say.

Two policemen spotted the suspect in an alley and exchanged gunfire with him, officials said.

The man, identified as Zhou Kehua, was also accused of wounding several others in robberies, Xinhua news agency said.

On Monday, it was reported that a "massive manhunt" was under way for the 42-year-old in the south-western city.

On Friday state media said he killed a woman outside a bank and then a policeman who was pursuing him.

Police were searching for him in a mountainous area where he was thought to be hiding, China Daily newspaper said on Monday.

The authorities had offered a 5.4m yuan ($850,000, 542,500) reward for his capture.

Police believed that he was responsible for a string of robberies in Chongqing and Changsha, and one earlier this year in Nanjing.

The authorities described him as "ruthless and highly dangerous" and said he had become adept at dodging police.

"We have not seen this kind of cold-blooded killer in years," an unnamed police official was quoted by Xinhua as saying.

Mr Zhou was born in rural Chongqing and is believed to have worked in other cities in the last 25 years, including as a porter at a railway station.

He also served time in Yunnan province for trafficking firearms.


Doubt of Zhou Kehua's death dismissed

August 22, 2012

Last week, a fierce debate emerged on the internet about the fugitive bank robber Zhou Kehua, who was shot dead by police in Chongqing on August 14th. Some cast doubts on his death, saying the dead man was a policeman from Changsha. But the speculation was blown away when the policeman himself came forward.

This is the photo that set off the controversy. The policeman in the circle, surnamed Duan, is said to resemble Zhou Kehua, dubbed the most dangerous man in China. And this is what had some people thinking he was the one police shot dead, by mistake, on August 14th.

But people who knew Duan soon identified him. One of his friends said they'd recently had dinner together. The speculation triggered anger among his colleagues.

"Who posted this photo? It's an invasion of privacy."

Duan's colleagues confirmed that he was a policeman in Changsha, and wasn't involved in the Zhou Kehua case. Duan himself was also supprised.

Mr. Duan, policeman from Changsha, said, "I was killed? I have nothing to say. It's ridiculous."

Duan says the photo had been posted on the police station's website, and he doesn't know why he was linked with the Zhou Kehua case.

"I'll reserve my right to lodge an appeal."

The Changsha police say that all officers involved in the case have returned from Chongqing, and that no one had been shot dead by mistake.

42-year-old Zhou Kehua has been suspected of killing ten people and wounding several others in an eight-year string of armed robberies. His killing of a policeman in Chongqing on August 10th set off a massive manhunt that ended 4 days later in a shoe factory."



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