Yang Lifei/Shanghai Daily news
A funeral owner who was allegedly stabbed by a competitor was reported to be
in stable condition in a city hospital yesterday while the suspects in the
attack remained at large.
Several members of the victim's family also
suffered minor wounds in the attack, which they said was the seventh by a
Police yesterday declined to comment on the case.
victim, Jiang Pujun, runs a funeral home on Shiguang Road in Yangpu
At around noon on Friday, Jiang and four family members went to the
district's Shidong Hospital after they were informed that a patient had just
A little while later a rival funeral home operator and nine friends
showed up at the hospital carrying knives and sticks, witnesses said.
other businessman confronted Jiang and told him to leave, and when he refused,
the gang allegedly attacked.
"It was such a frightening scene that no one
dared to lend a hand," said a witness, Xu Jinzhong.
"We all ran from the hall
and returned five minutes later after the attack ended," he said, adding that
the assailants fled before police reached the hospital.
Jiang, 27, suffered
head injuries and several cuts to his back while his mother, younger brother and
two cousins received minor wounds, according to family members.
is now taking care of Jiang in the hospital, and the other three have returned
home because they lack the money for further treatment," said Zhang Huanhuan,
"We reported the incident to the Yinghang Police Station but
haven't received any reply," Zhang said. "We are planning to seek help from
senior authorities at the district level or city public security bureau."
victim told reporters that his business rival extorted 3,000 yuan (US$361) form
him last September and that the man continued to make trouble for his relatives,
including several assaults, when they rejected a second extortion
Shidong Hospital officials said the attack was recorded by
surveillance cameras, and the tape was handed over to police.
funeral authorities said it is a quite common practice for mortuaries to
converge on a hospital when they heard that a death has