Driver who crashed into Chinese consulate identified

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A 31-year-old San Francisco man has been identified as the driver who was shot and killed by police after crashing into the Chinese consulate on Monday. 

The city’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner identified the driver as Zhanyuan Yang. 

The office said it had no additional information to disclose. 

Zhanyuan Yang crashed the car into the visa office of the consulate. 

According to a witness, Yang was bleeding from the head when he exited the vehicle yelling about the Chinese Communist Party. 

San Francisco police responded to the scene and shot the driver, who later died at the hospital. 

The circumstances surrounding the shooting or how many shots were fired were not disclosed. 

There were no reports of any injuries inside the building. 

On Monday, police said the motive behind the crash is yet to be known. 


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