Thailand Shooting: Soldier Kills 20 in Shopping Centre Massacre Live-streamed on Facebook

Next Thread Posts on February 9 @ 06:00 PST ?

☆ No Second Amendment Rights in Thailand

Thai soldier goes on the rampage with his assault rifle at shopping mall and kills at least 20 people while posting selfies of massacre on Facebook before taking hostages and holing up for siege

A Thai soldier has gone on a gun rampage inside a shopping mall, killing at least 20 people and taking a dozen hostages while posing for selfies on Facebook – as police desperately try to bring his murderous spree to an end.

Sergeant Major Jakrapanth Thomma, 32, is holed up in the Terminal 21 shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, a city 155 miles northeast of Bangkok, after opening fire on terrified civilians this afternoon.     

He began his murderous rampage this afternoon at his barracks, where he executed his commanding officer along with two other soldiers, before commandeering a humvee and tearing away from the scene.

As he drove along the motorway toward the shopping centre, Thomma opened fire on civilians at a house and a Buddhist temple before making his way inside the mall.

He is now locked in a siege with police, who have helped hundreds of people escape after storming the shopping centre.  

Thai media said the suspect’s mother was being taken to the mall to try to persuade him to give up. As she was led to a police car, she was heard saying ‘why did he do it?’ with tears in her eyes.

The shooter is thought to be holed up in the basement and is exchanging gunfire with officers as they try to bring his rampage – in which he also injured 31 and shot a doctor helping an injured person – to an end.  

Several volleys of gunfire were this evening heard ringing out from inside the besieged mall where the gunman is holed up. Two more casualties were seen being taken out of the building  after the repeated gunfire.

There were fears the shooter could try to hide in the panicked crowd. Images posted on social media showed people sprinting across the mall car parks and walkways once they were freed.