In an affidavit from the court, police said Zhang Xuen shot and killed one employee five times and wounded another in the mine he operates in Gweru province in central Zimbabwe during a dispute with unpaid workers.
Zhang was charged with attempted murder, said Zimbabwean police spokesman Paul Nyathi.
The shootout took place on Sunday morning when miner Kenneth Tachiona confronted Zhang after allegedly refusing to pay his wages in US dollars as agreed, according to an affidavit.
Tachiona stormed towards Zhang, who then drew his gun and, according to the affidavit, shot the worker three times on his right thigh and twice on the left.
Police said Zhang fired another shot at workers and one of the bullets hit an employee̵
A video, which many claimed was the incident, was released on social media in Zimbabwe, which angered the public and required a local watchdog to reevaluate Chinese mining operations in the country.
CNN was unable to independently review the video.
The Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe described the shootout as an individual case and said it supports an open and transparent investigation by local authorities.
China is Zimbabwe’s largest foreign investor with significant interests in the country’s commodities sector.
But their presence in the country was sometimes controversial.
According to deputy director Shamiso Mutisi, several cases are currently under investigation by Chinese miners who refuse to pay salaries or provide workers with protective clothing, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic
“It has become a pattern and a system. We have cases where miners are abused, beaten and discriminated against by Chinese miners,” said Mutisi.
The Sunday shootout is another reason for the government to rethink its political and economic commitments to China, the group said.
“In many parts of Africa, including Zimbabwe, Chinese mining investors have experienced poor safety, health, environmental, labor and human rights standards in the past,” the statement said.
CNN asked the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to comment.
The Chinese community in Gweru has distanced itself from the recent incident and has promised to pay the injured workers’ medical bills and help their families solve the problem.
The Chinese community said in a statement that the incident did not reflect the behavior of its members, and they asked the company to compensate the workers.
“We sincerely hope that our friendship and cooperation between the two countries and two peoples will not be affected by this isolated incident, which does not reflect the behavior of all of us as a Chinese community,” the statement said.