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
(Chinese: 田明建) killed and injured several people at his military base
in Tongxian County and afterwards drove towards Jianguomen, where he
continued his shooting spree and indiscriminately fired at people in
the streets. Dozens were killed or wounded, including an Iranian
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,
because his wife was forced to have an abortion and died, Lt. Tian,
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
into civilian clothing, in order not to disturb the public when
searching for the deserter, Tian hijacked a jeep and headed towards
Beijing. Arriving in Tiananmen Square at 7:20 am, he jumped out,
started shooting people at random and riddled a passing bus with
17 people were killed, among them Iranian diplomat
Yousef Mohammadi Pishknari and his son. Dozens were injured on his
trail towards Jianguomen, while police desperately 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
Police Identify Gunman As Member Of Chinese Army
September 21, 1994
By Charlene L. Fu - The Seattle Times
BEIJING - The gunman who killed nine people and
wounded 40 in a shooting rampage on a major Beijing thoroughfare was
an army first lieutenant, police said today.
The gunman, identified as Tian Mingjian, had been
disciplined for beating another soldier, the official Xinhua news
agency said, quoting a senior police officer.
Yesterday's shooting rampage was shocking in a
country where the incidence of violent crime is small compared with
that of the United States'. It began in the Beijing suburb of
Tongxian, where the gunman commandeered a vehicle and headed toward
the center of Beijing, said the Hong Kong China News Agency, regarded
as a mouthpiece for the Chinese government.
The report said police blocked the gunman's route
as he neared the Second Ring Road, a major thoroughfare near an
apartment compound for foreign diplomats and journalists. He then
abandoned the vehicle and ran down the ring road, firing an automatic
After a 20-minute gun battle, police killed the
gunman, the report said.
Among those killed was an Iranian diplomat.
Iran said today it would send a team of
investigators to investigate the shootings.
People's Liberation Army officer First Lieutenant Tian Mingjian