A soldier shot and killed at least 20 people and wounded 31 others in a shopping centre in northeast Thailand — and streamed his attack on Facebook.
Defense Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich identified the suspect as Sgt. Jakrapanth Thomma.
Once arrived on the scene, police commandos searched the mall for the shooter. Security forces said they had secured the building from the ground floor up, locking down the mall and the surrounding area and escorting people outside the shopping centre.
They gave no information about the gunman’s whereabouts.
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said there were no more bodies left inside the building. He then added, “we don’t know whether there are any additional injuries or deaths or not.”
The shooting began around 3:30 pm local time in the town of Nakhon Ratchasima, which is also known as Korat.
Police officers said the shooter took a gun from his military base and drove to the Terminal 21 Korat mall, shooting along the way. Several Thai media reported that he travelled in a military vehicle.
According to security camera video aired on Thai Rath television, the gunman appeared to be armed with an assault rifle.
A police officer said the soldier initially shot dead another soldier and a woman, wounding also a third person, apparently over a land dispute.
The man believed to be the gunman posted updates to his Facebook page during the rampage with statements including “No one can escape death” and “Should I give up?” In a later post, he wrote, “I have stopped already.”
His profile picture shows him in a mask and dressed in military-style fatigues and armed with a pistol. The background image is of a handgun and bullets.