A note on mass victim knife attacks: a single, very small 16 year old was able to wound at least 24 people with a knife in just 5 minutes

10 Apr , 2014  

John Lott had a discussion about the Pennsylvania attack on Coast to Coast AM (April 10, 2014 from 1:08 to 1:11 AM).

Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh was the horrific scene on Wednesday with “at least 24” injured, including 5 critically wounded. The carnage, which was done in about five minutes, could have been worse. Fortunately, the attacker in this case also seemed not to understand how to properly use the knife, usually slashing his victims. Also, at least one life was saved by another of the victims: “A surgeon came out and congratulated one of the victims by saying she had saved the person’s life by applying pressure to the person’s wound.” The attacker was very small physically, with him described as “a 16-year-old kid who looks like he’s 10.”

Guns obviously make it easier for people to kill others, though they also make it easier for people to defend themselves. Still the harm that can be caused by knife attacks within a very short period of time, even by someone who doesn’t know what they are doing, can be seen by looking at some cases of multiple victim knife attacks from China (not meant to be complete as we only spent a short time putting this together, though if people know of other cases, I would appreciate hearing about them).

For the average multiple victim Chinese knife attack since 2010: 4.4 people were killed, and 14.5 injured.
Excluding the Kunming Railway Station attack the average is: 3.1 people killed and 8.6 injured.
If you look at all the cases where at least 4 people were harmed the average attack had: 4.7 people killed and 15.8 injured.

March 28, 2014: 7 injured, with 2 (a woman and four year old boy) seriously injured. The attack occurred on the outskirts of Qinzhou city, in the Guangxi province.

March 27, 2014: 6 were stabbed to death and 7 injured over a property dispute in Beijing.

March 14, 2014: Knife attack in Changsha market leaves 6 dead.

March 1, 2014: 33 people killed and 143 wounded by a group of knife wielding men at the Kunming Railway Station in Yunnan province.

August 26, 2013: 4 dead and 11 injured by a single attacker along Chengdu’s Caojia Alley.

August 20, 2013: 3 killed and at least 12 injured in a knife attack on a bus in the central Henan province.

July 31, 2013: 11 were injured in a knife attack on a bus in Hong Kong.

July 29 2013: 3 people stabbed to death, 5 injured in Shenzhen, in the Guangdong province. Killer randomly attacked people people along the line the side of a road.

July 26, 2013: 5 people killed and 3 wounded in a knife attack in Luohe city in Henan province. After first stabbing people in the village the attack continued in a furniture shop where two more people were killed.

July 22, 2013: Knife attack in a store in Beijing’s Xicheng district leaves 1 dead, 3 wounded.

July 19, 2013: A knife wielding man killed two people at a shopping mall in downtown Beijing. This was probably reported because one of the two murder victims was an American.

May 22 2013: 7 injured (six primary school students and a woman) with a cleaver at a primary school in the Maoming city government in the southern province of Guangdong.

December 14, 2012: Stabbed 23 children and an elderly woman at the village’s primary school as children were arriving for classes

August 2, 2012: Teenager killed 9 and wounded 4 in Yongling town.

January 20, 2012: Seven people were injured, two seriously, in a knife attack Thursday in the city of Zhongshan in south China’s Guangdong Province.

September 14, 2011: 6 killed (two young girls and four adults) near a nursery in Gongyi.

August 30, 2011: 8 children injured at a child-care centre in Minhang District, Shanghai.

August 4, 2010: 4 killed (3 children and one teacher) and about 20 other children wounded at a kindergarten in Zibo, Shandong province.

May 12, 2010: Seven children and two adults were killed and 11 other persons wounded with a cleaver at a kindergarten in Hanzhong, Shaanxi.

April 30, 2010: 28 students, 2 teachers, and one security guard were wounded in a knife attack in a Jiangsu province kindergarten.

April 29, 2010: 16 students and a teacher were wounded at an elementary school in southern Guangdong province.

March 31, 2010: “A man killed a young woman and injured two other people in a knife attack at a university campus in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, officials said Wednesday.”

March 23, 2010: 9 children murdered with a knife at an elementary school in Nanpign, Fujian province.

In China, attacks on people also occur in other ways:

A man distressed by his divorce case intentionally rammed a car into electric scooters and pedestrians near a school in southeastern China on Monday, killing six people, including three children, according to police and state media. . . .

Fuzhou Police said in a written statement that the serial collisions killed six, including three children, and injured 13 others. Police said the man lost control emotionally because of marriage issues. . . .

UPDATE: Even extremely strict gun control laws don’t stop terrorists from making bombs. In China on May 22, 2014, an attack where they drove cars through the crowd and threw bombs — at least 31 people were killed and 90 injured.

UPDATE: Of course, mass stabbings aren’t limited to China and the US. Here is a case were five people were killed in Canada, none wounded.

A University of Calgary student was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house party Tuesday that the police chief called the worst mass slaying in the western Canadian city’s history.

Matthew Douglas de Grood, the son of a 33-year veteran of the Calgary police force, picked up a large knife shortly after arriving at the party and stabbed the victims one by one, said police Chief Rick Hanson.

De Grood, 22, was charged with five counts of murder late Tuesday.

“This is the worst murder – mass murder – in Calgary’s history,” Hanson said at a news conference Tuesday. “We have never seen five people killed by an individual at one scene. The scene was horrific.” . . .

UPDATE: February 17, 2015: Chinese man kills seven family members, himself

. . . The tragedy occurred Monday in Hebei province’s Xiaonangou village, three days ahead of the Chinese Lunar New Year, an occasion for family reunions in the country, Xinhua reported.

Police found seven bodies at Wu Shouguo’s home, including that of Wu’s.

Police believe Wu battered his wife, his wife’s parents, two children and two distant relatives to death with a blunt object after a family dispute and then took poison.

UPDATE: August 25th, 2015: 9 killed in latest attack at China school

An attacker with a cleaver hacked to death seven children and two adults at a kindergarten in northwest China on Wednesday, the latest in a string of savage assaults on the country’s schools. Eleven other children were wounded.

The killer, 48-year-old Wu Huanming, returned home after the attack on the outskirts of the city of Hanzhong and committed suicide, the local government reported. A motive wasn’t known, although reports indicated he and the school administrator may have known each other.

It was the fifth such major assault on young students in China since late March and occurred despite increased security at schools countrywide, with gates and security cameras installed and additional police and guards posted at entrances. . . .

UPDATE: Another knife attack in China leaves “40 Dead, Injured” September 22, 2015

A knife attack orchestrated by alleged “separatists” at a coal mine in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has resulted in at least 40 casualties, including the deaths of five police officers, and several suspects are believed to be on the run, according to local security officials. . . .

Japan: July 25, 2016: 19 dead, 20 injured in knife attack outside Tokyo

At least 19 people are dead after a knife attack outside of Tokyo, according to various reports.

Twenty more have been hurt, according to reports, although one news organization listed up to 50 hurt.

A man wielding a knife went on a rampage at a home for the disabled, according to Express.co.uk, the website for the Daily and Sunday Express newspapers in the United Kingdom.

Police responded to a call at about 2:30 a.m. local time of a man seen by the staff of the home outdoor with a knife, the news organization reported.

The man then broke into the home. . . .

Xinjiang region, China, February 14, 2017

Three men armed with knives went on the attack in northwestern China early Wednesday, killing as many as eight people before police shot them dead, according to local media. . . .

Pishan County,February, 14, 2017

five other people were wounded in Wednesday’s stabbings in Pishan county . . .

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2 Responses

  1. […] course, mass stabbings aren’t just limited to China and the US.  Here is a case were five people were killed in Canada, none wounded.   From CBS […]

  2. Oliver W. says:

    Briefly, some additions to the list.

    From Australia (8 killed) …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairns_child_killings
    Cairns child killings

    From the U.S. (5 killed) …
    http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_28713843/jury-deliberating-feros-bar-massacre-trial
    Dexter Lewis gets life sentence for Fero’s Bar massacre
    [surprisingly sparse national press coverage for that case]

    From Japan …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamoru_Takuma
    Osaka School Killings (8 killed, 15 wounded)

    … also from Japan …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akihabara_massacre
    (automobile and knife – 7 killed, 10 wounded)

    From Nigeria (many such mass killings, usually with machetes; in this one instance, over 200 killed) …
    http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35759877/ns/world_news-africa/t/machete-wielding-rioters-kill-nigeria/#.Vghc0CtblNV

    More from Nigeria …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_in_Nigeria
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001_Jos_riots

    And, of course, Rwanda (preferred weapons, machetes and clubs) …
    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26875506
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rwandan_Genocide
    http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=972_1173517449

    You folks are doing very good work in a variety of areas and I’m sure you already have too much to do, but a central clearinghouse location for a list of non-firearm mass killings would be helpful in many ways.

    Arson is a common method of mass killings in Australia, but they are loathe to publish details because copycats are always lurking … and the government and police have a lot of control over the Australian press. I am still working on uncovering arson examples from Oz.

    Some examples of the harm arson can accomplish …
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2009/feb/09/australia-bushfires
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Childers_Palace_Backpackers_Hostel_fire
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whiskey_Au_Go_Go_fire

    Also, there was Douglas Crabbe who killed 5 and wounded 16 with his 25 tonne Mack truck near Uluru …
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Crabbe

    A list of international bombings would be too hopelessly large for anyone to undertake, but perhaps such a list for the U.S. would be useful.

    Many thanks for your efforts.

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