By Associated Press |
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, THAILAND – A soldier with a grudge gunned down 26 people and wounded 57 in Thailand’s worst shooting spree before he was fatally shot inside a mall in the country’s northeast Sunday, officials said.
Officials said the soldier was angry over a financial dispute, first killing two people on a military base and then went on a far bloodier rampage Saturday, shooting as he drove to the mall where shoppers fled in terror.
It took police sharpshooters 16 hours to end the crisis.
This is a photo of a wanted poster released by Crime Suppression Division of The Royal Thai Police on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 showing the suspect in a mass shooting in Northeastern Thailand.
This is a photo of a wanted poster released by Crime Suppression Division of The Royal Thai Police, Feb. 8, 2020, showing the suspect in a mass shooting in northeastern Thailand.
Authorities said Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma was behind the attack in Nakhon Ratchasima, a hub for Thailand’s relatively poorer and rural northeastern region. Much of the shooting took place at Terminal 21 Korat, an airport-themed mall filled with colorful Lego sculptures, a merry-go-round and huge replicas of landmarks from around the world.