Civil Servant Shot and Killed Tea-Picking Woman While Hunting

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This is currently one of the most discussed topic on Sina Weibo with over 900k views.

From Sina Weibo:

@新浪湖南: “A public servant from Hengyang in Hunan killed a village woman while hunting, he turned himself in afterwards”. A female villager was shot and killed while picking tea seeds on a mountain. The person suspected of killing the village woman was a public servant surnamed Xiao from the Zhengxiang branch of the Hengyang Food and Drug Administration, he was hunting during the incident and it is currently detained. There were two gunshot wounds on the deceased, one entering the left of her body and exiting her lungs, the other entered her left ear through her head.

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Scattered tea seeds at the scene

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Items left behind by the village woman

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Blood-soaked towel

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The scene of the incident

Comments on Sina Weibo:

独行者GA:

Aren’t guns strictly illegal and forbidden?

赵小妞麻麻:

Is he blind? Can’t tell the difference between people and animals? One shot you can call it accidental injury but how do you explain two shots. This make me think of running over someone with a car then backing up again, killing the person. One shot after another is clearly intended to kill her. I suggest during execution don’t just shoot once, shoot once and if not dead then shoot again.

杰仔CJ:

Hunting is illegal, let alone using real guns, not to mention firing 2 shots! This is more like murder, a scum wearing a uniform!

金钟云的淡绿薄荷香:

Living on the imperial payroll is great, nothing to do but play with guns and hunting, no wonder the young people in our country are fighting to become civil servants, it really is a golden rice bowl. In foreign countries, no one wants to be a civil servant, because they have to serve the people and be real servants. Our civil servants have a great job, work is relaxing and vacations are plenty. They don’t even have to pay taxes, one bowl can feed them for life, so great.

奔跑_蜗牛lily:

Hunting, that’s the pastime of imperial royalty.

AngelaMaBi:

China has a legitimate hunting association, so during approved circumstances you can go hunting. The comments full of fenqing who knows nothing and already started to curse civil servants. Have you ever met a low-level civil servant or worked in a government department? China indeed have a lot of corrupt officials, but they don’t represent all civil servants. If there are less fenqing the world would be a much better place.

一只大学汪:

First, civil servants carrying hunting rifles, isn’t it illegal to bear arms? Second, if he drove a government car to go hunting, does it count as illegal use of government cars? Third, they discovered two gun shot wounds, did no one hear after the first shot? He even fired a second time? Fourth, could it be a high level official who did this and found a scapegoat to turn himself in. I hope the deceased can rest in peace.

DoingNg:

That woman probably knew one of his unspeakable secrets!!!

羊羔喵喵:

A public servant surnamed Xiao from the Zhengxiang branch of the Hengyang Food and Drug Administration, how can this kind of person have guns??

懒小懒真儿:

Can’t tell the difference between people and animals? There are prey in a tea field? Do you think everyone are in kindergarten?

讨厌的小橘子:

Fuck, do you think you are an ancient emperor, still going hunting.

黒眼睛翻白眼儿:

No wonder we eat gutter oil, poison milk powder, chemical buns, lean meat powder every day. It turns out the Food and Drug Administration people are all busy hunting in the mountains.

Hello一Time:

Fucking going hunting, China’s natural environment is so poor, our animal protection measures so inadequate, yet civil servants are the first to go hunting! If you fucking go protect wild animals and the environment would this happen? The bottom line is that the Heavenly Kingdom’s lack environmental protection awareness, the country needs to strengthen education.

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  • If I May

    It’s a tragedy, to be sure, but with the very scant information provided, I can only call it that. To err is human… Some asinine comments from the locals though.

  • Ken Morgan

    Same old same old, Dick Cheney has form on this!

    • mr.wiener

      … but to his everlasting shame he only wounded that lawyer.

  • mr.wiener

    As already raised in the comments above:
    1. Guns: Who has access to them.
    2. Two gunshot wounds?

    • http://twitter.com/joexu Joe

      Hunting license pretty easy to get with the right connections, guns can be found in the black markets, I went hunting as a kid in China.

  • Xia

    Some comments show a general dissatisfaction with the public service bureaucracy that could be vented at this particular incident.

  • Surfeit

    An illegitimate accident. Terrible misfortune for the lady.

  • AbC

    Normally I’m a bit skeptical about these ‘murder plots’… But for two accidental shots to be on target on two vital organs (one through the lungs and the other through the head), I think I’m siding with the locals on this one. It could be a ‘fluke’, an unlikely and extremely bad luck scenario for both parties…

    • Brian227

      My thoughts exactly. Even if it was an automatic weapon, she’s have started to fall after the first hit and the chances of a round from a burst coincidentally hitting a moving head are slim, to my mind. Far more likely is two aimed shots.

    • Ken Morgan

      You’ve been watching too many movies. Gunshots do not kill instantly unless the calibre of the round is huge, or the bullets are explosively tipped. Even headshots are not instant incapacitation. Look at recent US shooting videos by police. There was a video recently of a cop demanding to see the licence of a man, he turns round and you can hear 7 shots and he puts his hands up and is still standing. Similarly the North Hollywood shootout. The robbers only had trauma plates over their chests covering their hearts and a portion of their lungs and kevlar. They were still wounded numerous times and continued fighting.

      Or the suicide documented by Geostone, where a man unloaded a revolver into his own head and was able to go out and hang himself. NATO 5.56mm ammunition is purposely designed to tumble and cause additional trauma as prior bullets merely stab holes into human bodies which are extremely dangerous wounds but are not instant knock out wounds.

      Police keep blasting away precisely because gunshot wounds even if lethal do not stop somebody instantly. Fairbairn and Sykes in Shanghai 100 years ago kept losing many police officers because they would only shoot a couple of times. A number of UK armed police forgot this in the 90s and many were very surprised at the way armed individuals wouldn’t fall over like the movies.

  • aooni

    Maybe the guy played too much ao oni games and realised he has a shotgun to defend himself now.

  • Poodle Tooth

    He was hunting the most dangerous game.

    • terroir

      Yes, it looks like the next Predator sequel will be a Greek tragedy.

  • Paul Schoe

    The most interesting remark to research further: “Fourth, could it be a high level official who did this and found a scapegoat to turn himself in.“.

    • terroir

      The most interesting remark to research further if you’re not Chinese and can’t get into trouble.

      Fixed it for you.

  • Amused

    Ok, I can see accidentally shooting a bitch in the bushes if you have zero ideas of gun safety and possibly have been tormented by a bear masquerading as the Blair Witch all night.

    But “accidentally” ear-holing her after she’s down?

  • Probotector

    More retarded netizen comments. I’m sure the mods will explain that they were just being sarcastic.

    “Aren’t guns strictly illegal and forbidden?”

    Except for toy guns and air rifles, some of which look like the real thing.

    “Hunting is illegal, let alone using real guns, not to mention firing 2 shots!”

    Is this why so many rich Chinese go off to Africa for their poaching?

    “Living on the imperial payroll is great, nothing to do but play with guns and hunting, no wonder the young people in our country are fighting to become civil servants, it really is a golden rice bowl. In foreign countries, no one wants to be a civil servant, because they have to serve the people and be real servants. Our civil servants have a great job, work is relaxing and vacations are plenty. They don’t even have to pay taxes, one bowl can feed them for life, so great.”

    Many civil servants in ‘foreign countries’ enjoy serving the people. I’ll agree with this person’s description of the Chinese civil service being about living high on the hog, but that’s not what it’s like in other parts of the world, unless your surname is Obama that is.

    “A public servant surnamed Xiao from the Zhengxiang branch of the Hengyang Food and Drug Administration, how can this kind of person have guns??”

    The same way a bottom feeding gang banger in some Western slum part of a city can… illegally. Love the two question marks to convey the importance of such a question.

    “Fuck, do you think you are an ancient emperor, still going hunting.”

    Again, rich Chinese mostly go to Africa for their hunting.

    “Hunting, that’s the pastime of imperial royalty.”
    “Fuck, do you think you are an ancient emperor, still going hunting.”

    No, he thinks he’s a Commie emperor going hunting.

    “No wonder we eat gutter oil, poison milk powder, chemical buns, lean meat powder every day. It turns out the Food and Drug Administration people are all busy hunting in the mountains.”

    It’s not everyone in the Food and Drug Administration who is doing this.

    • mr.wiener

      Well… I”d love to give you a reason to think I’m a Chinese apologist , but I’m not detecting much sarcasm in their comments. People in China do not like their officials or people in positions of privilege… and often with good reason.
      If it makes you feel better some one over at Shanghaiist said I’m the most racist and insecure mod at CS….Wheee!! I’m first at something!

      • must touch brain

        I guess they have little else to do but make such observations. Maybe someone should teach them the difference between racist and realist.

      • Zappa Frank

        since you are the only white mod on CS you are 1st in a competition with just one person.

      • David

        It is good to aim high.

    • Ken Morgan

      Thats not true. In the UK being a civil servant is great. They get paid 20% MORE than the private sector for comparable jobs. They can take as much sick leave as they want and they get pensions. The private sector hasn’t had a pay increase in a decade, there are no such things as pensions either.

      There is a joke in the UK about the SA80, it is called the civil servant.
      Doesn’t work, can’t be fired.

      • Alex Dương

        there are no such things as pensions either.

        It’s similar in the U.S. The private sector has largely switched from defined benefit plans (i.e. “pensions”) to defined contribution plans. Most state and local governments still do defined benefit plans, and we have a shitstorm coming thanks to how government works – “I’ll be dead when you have to deal with the problem, so have fun!”

      • Brian227

        If I recall the ONS report correctly, it said that public sector workers’ earnings average out at around 20% more than private sector once pension arrangements are taken into account as well as salary. Civil Servants are only one part of that group, which also includes groups whose roles require them to be qualified and experience professionals e.g. surgeons, lawyers, accountants, etc.

        The ONS report also identified several other reasons for average pay to be higher in the public sector: larger workforces than the average private sector organisation, the workforce structure being substantially different (fewer baristas and burger-monkeys, more skilled and semi-skilled workers) and the need to compete for these same staff against market rates of pay for those same skills offered by private companies.

        Private sector pay also previously outstripped public sector by a considerable factor during the boom years, so it’s not all one-way traffic. You pays yer career choices and you take yer consequences.

        • Ken Morgan

          It is uneven because it compares non like for like. For example there are council CEOs who say oh corporate CEOs get £200K I should also get 200K. Quite often they do. What they forget is a council has a 100% captive audience and a guaranteed turnover you pay your local council tax or else.

          I can avoid private companies. Secondly it isn’t a case of you pays yer career choices. To get into local council you always need to know somebody there. Else it is impossible to get in. What screws them however is the fact their work experience is worthless. If they ever lose their jobs nobody will hire them.

          Having been a private PC tech visiting a council all they seem to do all day is play solitaire and pretend to be working.

          • Brido227

            “It is uneven because it compares non like for like. For example there are council CEOs who say oh corporate CEOs get £200K I should also get 200K. Quite often they do.”

            They quite often do and they certainly don’t deserve it. A CEO of a private body generally has a degree of executive responsibility that in a local council lies with the elected representatives. You’ll get no argument
            from me that at the top of the tree they’re disproportionately rewarded.

            They’re also not representative of the greatest mass of council employees.

            “What they forget is a council has a 100% captive audience and a guaranteed turnover you pay your local council tax or else.”

            A council isn’t a business and shouldn’t be run like one, any more than a business should be run like something that isn’t a business. Horses for courses. If you want competitions in systems of government as well as personalities and policies, you should join the anarchists.

            “I can avoid private companies.”

            I very much doubt it. At best you can move between them. Avoiding them is only possible for hermits, and then only perhaps.

            “Secondly it isn’t a case of you pays yer career choices. To get into local council you always need to know somebody there. Else it is impossible to get in.”

            Untrue, as I know from direct personal experience. I worked for a local council for 4 years before moving on. I never knew anyone who worked for any council, let alone the one I was employed by, before that. I got the job by turning up to the interview as the best available
            candidate and few of my co-workers had any different experience.

            “What screws them however is the fact their work experience is worthless. If they ever lose their jobs nobody will hire them.”

            Clearly not the case or I wouldn’t now have a job, let alone the one I do. In the private sector, in case you were wondering.

            The biggest factor that screws the majority of council workers who have trouble being rehired is family or care commitments. They’re normally working mums, part-time after maternity leave; or part-time carers for elderly or disabled relatives. They don’t have the flexibility that the private sector demands since they have higher priorities than work – and rightly so.

            “Having been a private PC tech visiting a council all they seem to do all day is play solitaire and pretend to be working.”

            Have you considered that ‘visiting’ and ‘seeming’ don’t constitute evidence? Or even particularly reliable testimony?

  • Gordon Gogodancer

    Hunting? There is fauna outside of parks and zoos in China?

    • must touch brain

      That’s what i was thinking. If anyone has the right to hunt in China, it should be the animals not some middle class government official douche with his gun in his hands. He can totally afford to go shopping like most everyone else despite his urge to shoot off rounds in his pathetic attempt to “feel” like a man.

      • David

        The last picture is a perfectly legal fire arm owner. It is sad that you think you are making a point by including Ted Nugent with the Chinese thugs thugs.

        • must touch brain

          I apologize for using his ridiculous photo. He may not be Chinese or even a thug but he’s a royal douche.

          • David

            OK, fair enough if you don’t like him but the majority in our country (and a higher than majority, in Michigan where he lives) support the widespread ownership of guns. Although he is quite used to being a target, so I am sure he would not mind that you used his picture. Personally I hold high respect for a person with a high profile like him who stands on his principals. Also, he is a kick ass musician.

          • must touch brain

            I’m quite aware of the gun-loving mentality of the US. I was given real guns when i was only a child which to me now is quite shocking. It’s a miracle i didn’t take one to school on a bad day. I too hold high respect for anyone who stands by his principals but only if they’re correct. Don’t forget that Hitler stood by his principals as well. Forgive me for not remembering any of Ted’s music. However, i recall he was big in the 70s or 80’s and is known to play deafeningly loud concerts.

    • Zappa Frank

      rats, dogs, cats are good enough?

  • AbC

    Everyone has a cell phone to call for help… including a tea seed picker. Plus, people usually do stupid things under pressure.

  • Foreign Devil

    Cut him some slack. The official was frustrated with the lack of any wild game left in CHina. . . and seeing so many people even in remote areas. . he did not want to come home empty handed from the hunt!

    • Karze

      Before 1976 its legal and ok to kill citizen by officials. Mao was responsible for over 40 million death. Yet to this day he is not tried but venerated for his butchery.

      • biggj

        “Mao was responsible for over 40 million death. Yet to this day he is not tried but venerated for his butchery.”

        And you know why? He won.

  • Dolph Grunt

    China’s got guns now?!!

    Rethinking my travel plans…

  • Karze

    This show how blind Chinese cadre and officials are. Doesn’t bother to target if it is the target animal for hunting and human being.

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