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Son held after father knifed in street

(Shanghai Daily)

22:54, October 23, 2011

Police have detained a man alleged to have chased his elderly father into the street and stabbed him repeatedly with a pair of scissors.

The 30-year-old man, surnamed He, is said to have tried to flee after the incident on Thursday night, but was apprehended by officers.

His father is in a stable condition in hospital, police said.

Witnesses claim passing motorists did not came to the aid of the elderly man as he lay in a pool of blood on a zebra crossing.

This has again highlighted debate over whether Chinese society is growing more selfish.

It follows the case of a two-year-old girl in Guangdong Province who last week was twice run over and as she lay injured was ignored by 18 passersby. The child died yesterday.

The stabbing occurred at 11pm, when the father and son were seen running from a residential building on Xuchang Road in Yangpu District.

The older man was stabbed after a chase, claimed witnesses.

"They had been fighting on their balcony, then the old man ran into the street, screaming for help, as his son chased him," said a witness, surnamed Zhou, who lives nearby. "The old man collapsed after being stabbed. He lay on the zebra crossing, moaning in pain."

Zhou said he believed the assailant was drunk as he couldn't stand up straight as he made his escape.

One motorist told how he called emergency services. "I was driving toward the crossing when the old man was stabbed right in front of me," said the witness on his microblog, "He was lying trembling in front of me, so I dialled 120, but I was afraid to leave my vehicle."

Some witnesses criticized passing motorists for not helping.

"It was 10 minutes before an ambulance arrived. I saw people in private cars but none stopped to take the old man to hospital," said Zhou. "They all turned around or just drove on."

Zhou claims a policeman approached the attacker, but the unarmed officer could not stop him in time.

Shanghai police denied online claims that an officer "backed off" from the assailant.

According to neighbors, He's father is a divorced man who often quarreled with his son over trivial matters. The case is still under investigation, police said.

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