(BEIJING) — Chinese authorities say a teenage boy ran amok Wednesday night, brutally stabbing nine people to death and wounding four before he was arrested.
The official Xinhua news agency reported that a 17-year-old, identified only as Li, first broke into the home of his girlfriend where he plunged a knife into two of her relatives, killing them.
After fleeing the house in Liaoning province, the boy then allegedly knifed six other people to death and slashed five others, one who later died, before attempting suicide by jumping off an apartment building.
However, police reached Li before he could do himself harm. He is now in custody while he awaits murder charges, which carry the death penalty in China if convicted.
Violent crime is on the rise in China although Beijing contends that the murder rate in its country is far less than in Western nations such as the U.S.
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