China asks US to probe consulate shooting

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Beijing, Aug 3 (IANS) China on Thursday asked the US to promptly investigate a shooting at the Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles.

A man of Asian origin fired multiple shots outside the consulate on Tuesday morning before shooting himself dead, reports Xinhua news agency.

In response to a question about the shooting, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said China attaches great importance to the incident and has made solemn representations to the US side.

“China has asked the US side to investigate the shooting as soon as possible, demanding that necessary actions be taken immediately to ensure the safety and security of the compound and personnel of the Consulate General,” Geng said.

The shooting, however, did not injure anyone else.

The shooter, who was in his 60s, was found dead in his vehicle parked 20 metres away from the consulate office building, according to local police.

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