Bangkok: The gunman who killed 25 folks in a taking pictures spree at a shopping center in Thailand’s Nakhon Ratchasima was killed by the police on Sunday, a senior police official stated.
The information was confirmed by Nationwide Police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda, The Nation newspaper reported.
The gunman, Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, was hiding within the Terminal 21 shopping center within the metropolis also called Korat following the taking pictures spree on Saturday night, Chaijinda added.
Police and army forces have sealed off the Terminal 21 mall.
Gunshots had been heard throughout evening operations by safety forces. Many individuals had been nonetheless believed to have been hiding within the division retailer or had been held hostage by the suspect, The Nation report stated.
In the meantime, Public Well being Minister Anutin Charnvirakul posted on his Fb web page on Sunday morning, congratulating the safety forces for killing the suspect.
“Thank you police and army for ending the situation. Shooter shot dead,” the BBC quoted the Fb publish as saying.
The taking pictures spree started at round 3.30 p.m. on Saturday on the Suatham Phithak army camp, the place Thomma first killed his commanding officer, named by the Bangkok Submit as Col Anantharot Krasae.
The Submit stated a 63-year-old girl, Col Anantharot’s mother-in-law, and one other soldier was additionally killed there.
The suspect seized arms and ammunition from the camp earlier than taking a Humvee-type automobile.
He then opened fireplace at a variety of websites earlier than arriving on the Terminal 21 mall at about 6 p.m., reviews the BBC.
Native media footage appeared to point out the suspect getting out of his automobile and firing pictures as folks fled.
CCTV footage confirmed him contained in the purchasing centre with a raised rifle.
Thomma posted on his social media accounts in the course of the assault, with one publish on Fb asking whether or not he ought to give up.
He had earlier posted a picture of a pistol with three units of bullets, together with the phrases “it is time to get excited” and “nobody can avoid death”.
Fb has now taken the web page down.