WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT
This is the shocking moment a uniformed security guard unsheathes a giant machete and begins hacking at a father holding his toddler son.
The incident happened following an alleged argument on a bus minutes earlier after the victim’s son touched the suspect’s bag.
It took place in the district of Bao’an, which is in Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong Province, on 8th September and left both the dad and his son injured, with the pavement covered in blood.
Local police have confirmed the attack, which happened on a pavement next to a bus stop, adding that the suspect surnamed Mo had already been detained and that the suspect and the victim had got into an argument on a bus after the dad’s young son touched the suspect’s bag.
CCTV images taken moments before the attack began show the father, Mr Qiu, and his toddler walking past the suspect and exchanging words.
The uniformed Mo, who unconfirmed reports said works as a security guard, appears to take offence at something said and chases after the dad.
The video then shows the Mo and Mr Qiu then walking away in opposite directions just 15 seconds later when the suspect suddenly drops his things and whips out the giant blade.
He runs towards the dad – now holding his toddler in his arms – and hacks the parent with the machete.
The shocked father does not react at first but quickly makes a run for it when he realises he is being chopped with the large blade, the video shows.
The footage ends with Mo giving chase, and the father and son later being treated on the pavement by arriving paramedics.
According to the police, Mr Qiu and his son were both injured and were receiving treatment at a local hospital.
The extent of their injuries, however, is still unknown.
Bao’an District police said the suspect Mo and Mr Qiu were on the same bus together just minutes before the attack began.
The two adults argued after Mr Qiu’s son allegedly touched Mo’s bag, which contained his personal belongings – and presumably including the weapon.
The quarrel continued on the pavement after they got off the bus, leading to the attack caught on camera.
Mr Qiu and his son were not in any life-threatening condition, the authorities said.
An investigation is ongoing.
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