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A confirmed 12 people have been shot dead, some social media are already reporting up to 20 may have been shot dead. Many more are injured after a Thai army soldier, identified as Sergeant Major Jakraphanth Thomma, went on a shooting rampage this afternoon in Korat, Nakhon Ratchasima. The mass shootings are said to have started around 5.30 this afternoon.

The gunman is alleged to have attacked and shot his commander, 48 year old Colonel Ananrote Krasae, and an elderly woman dead at a house, before stealing an HK assault rifle and ammunition, and fleeing from his army base in a Humvee, military-style 4-wheel drive. to the Terminal 21 shopping mall in the centre of the Korat city.

Police report that he then opened fire at a Buddhist temple, and then is said to have killed at least ten as he fired indiscriminately on his way, and then storming into the Terminal 21 shopping mall in the main city centre.

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Thai media have posted video showing the armed man, dressed in full assault uniform, getting out of the vehicle at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, firing shots as people tried to flee the scene. More footage shows a fire outside the the front of the building.

The gunman kept a livestream running on his Facebook page of the entire incident. Facebook has since taken down the page at approximately 7.20pm, Thai time.

Authorities sealed off the area around the shopping centre as they continue to track down the suspect. He remains, as of the latest reports, holed up inside the building and is reported to have taken hostages. Police are warning people to stay away from the area.

UPDATE: Thai army shooter shot his commander before going on Korat rampage | News by The Thaiger

Thai media have posted video showing the armed man, dressed in full assault uniform, getting out of the vehicle at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, firing shots as people tried to flee the scene. More footage shows a fire outside the the front of the building.

The gunman kept a livestream running on his Facebook page of the entire incident. Facebook has since taken down the page at approximately 7.20pm, Thai time.

Authorities sealed off the area around the shopping centre as they continue to track down the suspect. He remains, as of the latest reports, holed up inside the building and is reported to have taken hostages. Police are warning people to stay away from the area.

One of his earlier posts and selfies had the text added… “It is time to get excited.”

Thailand has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in the world but mass shootings have been rare. Several shootings at courthouses late last year, and a high-profile shooting by a crazed school headmaster last month in Lopburi, where seven people were shot – three dead – is also renewing concerns about gun violence in the Kingdom. There are weekly reports of gun violence in Thailand.

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17 killed as soldier opens fire in Korat
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 09:54:03 PM »
Three slain on army base before attacker drives stolen Humvee to mall and takes hostages

An image from security video at Terminal 21 shows the attacker entering the shopping centre around 6pm Saturday.

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: At least 17 people were reported killed and many more injured in a shooting spree by a soldier who later took hostages at a local shopping mall on Saturday evening.

There were “17 deaths, 14 wounded” said an unnamed official from the Bangkok-based Erawan Center, the nationwide emergency services dispatch centre that collates hospital information.

The carnage began when the assailant stole weapons and ammunition and shot dead his commander and two others at the Surathampithak army camp before fleeing in a stolen Humvee. He fired at civilians along the route to the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Muang district.

“The gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead,” said Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen, the police spokesman.

Local media showed video of the soldier getting out of a vehicle in front of the mall around 6pm and firing a series of shots, sending people running. Gunshots could be heard on the video.

The attacker then fired at a cooking gas cylinder, setting off an explosion and fire. Video clips showed people running away and cowering behind cars as thunderous shots rang out.

There were unconfirmed reports that the man had hand grenades on his body.

Troops from a special warfare unit were dispatched to the mall, where the attacker was said to be holding 16 people hostage on the fourth floor.

Police Crime Suppression Division commandos were also on the scene. Police were taking the man’s mother from Chaiyaphum province to Korat in hopes that she could persuade him to surrender.

Around 8.30pm, it was reported that special forces troops were preparing to “engage” the shooter inside the shopping centre. The army asked media outlets to stop providing live coverage in order to avoid giving the suspect information about official activities.

The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission also warned that smartphone videos being streamed by people inside the mall were a potential threat to security operations.

The attacker streamed his earlier activity at the mall on Facebook Live and posted a selfie showing him holding a rifle. “Tired, I can barely move my fingers,” he said on a video posted at 7.20pm.

The Facebook page was taken offline a few moments later. Facebook later confirmed that it had removed the account and would also take down “any other violating content related to this attack”.

Other text messages posted before the page was taken down included “Should I surrender?” and “Oh shit, I’ve got cramps in my hand.” An earlier post said, “Nobody can avoid death”, and another one read, “Being rich from taking advantage of others, do they think they can use money in hell?”

Lt Gen Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, said police and soldiers were hunting the attacker, identified as Sgt Maj Jakrapanth Thomma, 32, of the Surathampithak camp.

The slain commander has been identified as Col Anantharot Krasae, with whom the gunman was reported to have had a conflict. A 63-year-old woman said to be Col Anantharot’s mother-in law was also killed at the camp, along with another soldier.

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Update: 25 killed as soldier opens fire in Korat
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2020, 08:31:59 AM »
Hundreds freed from mall where suspect remains at large after killing spree that started in army camp

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Police and soldiers rescued hundreds of people from a shopping mall late Saturday night as they continued to hunt for a gunman who had holed up inside after killing at least 25 people.

The carnage began around 3.30pm when the soldier shot dead his commander and two others at the Surathampithak army camp before stealing weapons and ammunition and fleeing in a stolen Humvee.

He fired at civilians along the route to the Terminal 21 shopping mall, which was packed with shoppers celebrating the long weekend. Many more people were slain inside the mall, where the gunman live-streamed the mayhem on Facebook Live before his site was shut down.

“The gunman used a machine gun and shot innocent victims resulting in many injured and dead,” said Pol Col Krissana Pattanacharoen, the police spokesman.

Defence Ministry spokesman Lt Gen Kongcheep Tantrawanit said late Saturday that 20 deaths had been confirmed. Another 31 people were reported injured, some seriously.

Authorities said on Sunday that Four more bodies were found on the G floor of the shopping centre, bringing the total number of the deaths to 25.

There were reports later that a gunfire exchange at 3.30am on Sunday led to the death of a police officer and two colleagues were injured. They were shot by an M60 machine gun. The death toll rose to 21 and the number of injured people increased to 33.

Officers who stormed the building late Saturday urged the gunman to surrender but they were met with angry shouts and more gunfire.

Local media showed video of the soldier getting out of a vehicle in front of the mall around 6pm and firing a series of shots, sending people running. Gunshots could be heard on the video.

The attacker then fired at a cooking gas cylinder, setting off an explosion and fire. Video clips showed people running away and cowering behind cars as thunderous shots rang out.

Troops from a special warfare unit were dispatched to the mall, where the attacker was said to be holding 16 people hostage on the fourth floor.

Police Crime Suppression Division commandos arrived from Bangkok by helicopter. Police also brought the man’s mother from Chaiyaphum province to Korat in hopes that she could persuade him to surrender.

The army commander, Gen Apirat Kongsompong, was also on the scene.

Around 8.30pm, it was reported that special forces troops were preparing to “engage” the shooter inside the shopping centre. But the immediate focus was on safely evacuating the hundreds of shoppers and workers who were still trapped inside.

Police said around 11.30pm that they had taken control of floors G, 1, 2 and 3 in the mall.

The army asked media outlets to stop providing live coverage in order to avoid giving the suspect information about official activities. The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission also warned that smartphone videos being streamed by people inside the mall were a potential threat to security operations.

The attacker streamed his earlier activity at the mall on Facebook Live and posted a selfie showing him holding a rifle. “Tired, I can barely move my fingers,” he said on a video posted at 7.20pm.

The Facebook page was taken offline a few moments later. Facebook later confirmed that it had removed the account and would also take down “any other violating content related to this attack”.

“Our hearts go out to the victims, their families and the community affected by this tragedy in Thailand. There is no place on Facebook for people who commit this kind of atrocity, nor do we allow people to praise or support this attack,” a Facebook representative said in a statement.

Other text messages posted before the page was taken down included “Should I surrender?” and “Oh shit, I’ve got cramps in my hand.” An earlier post said, “Nobody can avoid death”, and another one read, “Being rich from taking advantage of others, do they think they can use money in hell?”

Lt Gen Thanya Kriatisarn, commander of the Second Army Region, identified the suspect as Sgt Maj Jakrapanth Thomma, 32, of the Surathampithak camp.

The slain commander has been identified as Col Anantharot Krasae, 48, with whom the gunman was reported to have had a conflict. A 63-year-old woman was also killed at the camp, along with another soldier.

Security officers laid siege to the shopping mall Sunday morning. Crowds of people donated blood at local hosptials in response to health authorities' request to save the injured.

A video clip posted on Twitter by @Hook31_Thailand shows the soldier shooting randomly before entering the Terminal 21 mall in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima late Saturday afternoon.

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