The Discerning Texan
-- Edmund Burke
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Americans targeted by assasin in Beijing - 1 American dead
Today it was back to reality, as an American tourist and his wife were targeted today by a Chinese assassin in Beijing. (via USA Today):
A 47-year-old Chinese man stabbed an American tourist to death, wounded his wife, then jumped to his death from an ancient downtown landmark, marring the first full day of competition at the Summer Olympic Games, U.S. sports and government officials confirmed Saturday.
The American couple are relatives of a U.S. men's indoor volleyball coach.
Todd Bachman, 62, a prominent horticulturalist from Lakeville, Minn., was killed, U.S. Olympic Committee spokesman Darryl Seibel said. He owned Bachman, Inc., a family business that dates to the early 1900s.Bachman's wife, Barbara, was in serious condition Saturday night at a Beijing hospital. The USOC said in a release that her injuries are life-threatening.
Todd Bachman is the father-in-law of U.S. men's indoor volleyball coach Hugh McCutcheon.
The Bachmans had come to Beijing to deepen their ties with the Olympic Games. Daughter Elisabeth "Wiz" Bachman competed as a member of the U.S. women's volleyball team at the 2004 Athens Games. She was with her parents during the attack but was not injured.
McCutcheon was scheduled to take the floor Sunday as coach of the U.S. team when it played Venezuela.
Chinese authorities identified the attacker as Tang Yongming of China's Zhejiang Province. Chinese and U.S. authorities said the couple was at a site known as the Drum Tower around noon local time when Tang stabbed the couple and wounded a Chinese tour guide on the second floor of the structure.
Built in the 13th century, the Drum Tower is one of the few ancient structures still in Beijing. It is located on an important central axis of the city to the north of the Forbidden City, the former home of the emperor, and is five miles from the Olympic site.
Shortly after the attack, Tang leapt to his death on a stone path in the busy central Beijing district.