Police identified the suspect as 54-year-old Yang Zanyun from Hengyang’s Hengdong county in the largely agricultural province of Hunan. The suspect in the case had previous convictions for crimes including drug trafficking, theft and assault and, acting alone, had sought to “get revenge on society”. The scene of the attack was a public square where Chinese typically gather to dance in groups or enjoy the cool evening breezes. The SUV appeared without warning.The driver was taken into custody.
The driver was arrested
According to the record on China Judgments Online website, the 54-year-old Yang was born in Hengdong county, Hunan province, has a junior high school education level and is unemployed. The case is under investigation. There was no mention of terrorism although vehicles have previously been used in attacks. Videos of the incident circulated briefly on social media, but were quickly removed by censors. China has experienced violent attacks in public spaces in recent years. These have occasionally been attributed to militant separatists. Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms.