Three people are dead and 15 others injured after a man went on a drunken rampage – stabbing and driving into pedestrians after a karaoke session.
A manhunt is under way for the 42-year-old whose attacking spree is said to have been triggered by a dispute with a friend.
Identified by authorities by his surname, Wang, the suspect reportedly fell out with a companion after spending Sunday afternoon drinking and singing karaoke in Ningbo city, in the eastern province of Zhejiang.
He is said to have purchased a fruit knife with which he stabbed his friend’s mother, before fleeing the scene, according to a statement on the city’s public security bureau’s microblog.
Police said the suspect then stole a car at knifepoint and hit a cyclist – at which point the vehicle burst into flames and was abandoned.
Wang fled the scene on foot and knifed two onlookers, before stealing a car from a driving instructor.
He is then said to have driven the car into a crowd of nine people, before stabbing another five pedestrians.
Police are investigating the attack which comes just weeks after a similar violent attack in the country.
Last month 11 people died and 44 others were hurt after a man drove a truck into a crowd in the southern province of Hanan before attacking pedestrians with a dagger and shovel.
In August, a 54-year-old man killed his girlfriend and her family before mowing down pedestrians with a car, killing six others and hurting a further 12 people.