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Large Gunfight in Guangxi, Manipulated Online Comments

Two groups of men open fire on each other in Guangxi with homemade guns and hunting rifles, in a country where private gun ownership is strictly regulated and generally illegal.

Two groups of men open fire on each other in Guangxi with homemade guns and hunting rifles, in a country where private gun ownership is strictly regulated and generally illegal.

This is currently the most-discussed article on Chinese web portal NetEase, with over 300,000 “comment participants” and still rapidly growing…

From NetEase:

Shootout in Guangxi Baise City, One Already Surrendered to Authorities

@中国独家报道 [“China Exclusive Report”, aka Xinhua]: Gun Incident in Guangxi Baishe City, Multiple People Open Fire on Each Other — The Guangxi province Baishe city Public Security Bureau has confirmed to Xinhua News that at around 7am on September 26th, a gun-related incident occurred in downtown Baishi city, involving multiple individuals opening fire at each other, so far with no casualties. Investigation has preliminarily determined that two groups of people had an altercation while drinking alcohol at Donghe First Road and Longchuan Alley, that became a group brawl, and when they discovered police were dispatched to put a stop to it, they open fired from a distance before dispersing.

September 26th, around 7am, a shooting occurred at Donghe First Road and Longchuan Alley in Baishe city’s Youjiang district. Around 20 men carrying guns shot at each other from behind buildings and cars. In the conflict, multiple vehicles were riddled with holes.

The Paper learned from the Baishi Public Security Bureau Youjiang Sub-Bureau that no one was injured in the incident, and police have already established a special investigation team to investigate.

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According to video recorded by netizens, in an alley, over 10 bare-chested men carrying types of guns were shooting in one direction. The longest gun was nearly as tall as a person. They used vehicles as cover, with some hiding behind building corners. The constant gunfire set off the car alarms in the alley. Photographs of the scene show the windows of cars riddled with holes.

Weibo netizen @Mosquito-Jane said at about 7:10 in the morning, there were a group of people with guns shooting at people in a building across from them, with the sound of gunfire lasting perhaps three minutes. This Paper journalist obtained information from those familiar with the incident that there were approximately 10 people on each side.

One police officer from the Youjiang Sub-Bureau says the guns were homemade guns and hunting rifles based on surveillance footage at the site. At around 10am, one of the people involved had turned himself in, but the identities of the gunmen remains uncertain.

(Original title: Around 20 Involved Shooting Each Other in Guangxi Baishe Gun Fight, So Far One Person Has Turned Themselves In)

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From NetEase:

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人人绕圈子 [网易江西省网友]:

To have such vulgar behavior in a civilized society…

两点两滴 [网易江西省网友]:

Root out these weeds, and eliminate their danger to society.

顿悟你 [网易江西省网友]:

Bring these two lawless groups of people to justice, so they do not destroy public order again.

揪心小鸟 [网易江西省网友]:

Capture them as soon as possible, they must not be allowed to evade the law.

喇叭花朵 [网易广东省佛山市顺德区网友]:

This bunch of people are simply lawless, even using guns to resolve disputes.

伤脑筋小猪 [网易北京市网友]:

There is still a long road to go when it comes to legal education [educating people about the law], people must not be allowed to remain ignorant.

感觉来 [网易浙江省衢州市网友]:

Strongly denounce such lawless use of guns. You people are trampling upon harmonious society.

智慧似是而非 [网易江西省网友]:

Police, put an end to each and every one of them.

巧巧蜗牛 [网易北京市网友]:

Police, hurry and solve the case, and strictly investigate these two groups of people.

春盎然 [网易北京市网友]:

Police, hurry and solve the case, and strictly investigate these two groups of people.

Although this is the “most-discussed” article as determined by number of comment participants (votes on comments), there is something very suspicious. Please see Kai’s comment below.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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