An enraged water buffalo went on an hour-long rampage in northern Vietnam, goring four people and destroying food stalls before being shot to death by police, officials said Tuesday.

Crowds of curious onlookers scattered for safety after the 1,000-pound beast gored the villagers during a 3-mile tear Monday. No one was seriously injured.

"It hit everything in its way," said Do Vuong, chief of Tu Son township. "I haven't seen anything like that before."

Water buffalo are commonly used to plow rice fields and transport goods in Vietnam's countryside. They are typically gentle animals often seen carrying children or wallowing in mud.