A car crashed into the Chinese consulate in San Francisco on Monday, resulting in a chaotic scene that concluded with police shooting the driver, who later succumbed to injuries at the hospital, according to officials.
Law enforcement responded to the consulate building shortly after 3 p.m. following reports of a vehicle colliding with the structure, urging people to steer clear of the area. Officers entered the lobby of the consulate’s visa office, made contact with the suspect, and an officer-involved shooting ensued, as explained by police Sgt. Kathryn Winters during a brief press briefing. Despite attempts to save the suspect’s life, the individual was declared deceased upon arrival at the hospital.
Television footage depicted a Honda sedan lodged inside the visa office, with the building’s front doors cordoned off.
Winters stated that the motive behind the vehicle crashing into the consulate and the number of people inside at the time remained unknown, and there were no reports of additional injuries.
Local law enforcement is collaborating with investigators from the U.S. Department of State and the Chinese consulate in this intricate investigation.
“I wish I could provide more information, but this is a very complex investigation,” remarked Winters.
A statement from the Chinese consulate general strongly condemned the incident that occurred on Monday.
“On the afternoon of October 9, 2023, local time, an unidentified individual drove a vehicle and forcefully crashed into the document hall of our consulate, posing a serious threat to the safety of staff and people on site, and causing damage to our consulate’s facilities,” the statement read. “Our embassy vehemently condemns this violent attack.”
The consulate demanded more information about the incident and called for it to be dealt with seriously according to the law.
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The Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China is situated on a prominent street across from San Francisco’s Japantown neighborhood.