2018 Mishui vehicle attack

On 12 September 2018, a man deliberately drove his SUV into crowds on a square in Mishui near Hengyang in Hunan Province, China. The attack resulted in the deaths of 15 people and injuries to 43 others. The attacker, Yang Zanyun, was sentenced to death and executed.[2]

2018 Mishui vehicle attack
Mishui is located in China
Mishui (China)
LocationMishui, Hunan Province, China
DateSeptember 12, 2018 (2018-09-12)
7:35 p.m.
Attack type
Mass murder
WeaponsLand Rover SUV, shovel, knife
PerpetratorYang Zanyun
MotiveRevenge on society[1]


The attack happened at about 7:35 p.m. when a Land Rover SUV was driven onto a square in Mishui and deliberately struck people.[3] When the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect got out and continued his attack with a shovel and a knife.[4]

Suspect and investigationEdit

The suspect was identified as 54-year-old Yang Zanyun, who was living off interest from loans. He has a long criminal record that includes previous convictions for selling drugs, theft and attacking people.[1]

The government said Yang wanted to take "revenge on society."[1] Three months after the attack, on December 12, Yang was sentenced to death and deprived of his political rights for the remainder of his life.[2][3] The sentence was approved by the Supreme People's Court and he was executed on January 29, 2019.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Eleven killed in China as car plows into square, driver attacks people". Reuters. September 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Man sentenced to death for vehicle attack in southern China". BNO News. December 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Car 'deliberately' crashes into crowd in China killing nine". CNN. September 13, 2018.
  4. ^ "Man sentenced to death for deadly SUV crash in central China". Xinhua. December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Man executed for deadly SUV crash in central China". Xinhua. January 29, 2019.