Thailand Shooting
A group of armed commando soldiers are seen outside Terminal 21 Korat mall, in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020.A soldier who holed up in a popular shopping mall in northeastern Thailand shot multiple people on Saturday, killing at least 20 and injuring 31 others, officials said. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalitkanjanakul)
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Yesterday a Thai soldier murdered his commanding officer, shot other soldiers, then stole guns and a vehicle and went on a shooting spree in the northern Thailand city of Nakhon Ratchasima. He holed up in a shopping center for hours before finally being taken out by Thai special forces.

Here’s the Associated Press’s report . . .

By Sakchai Lalit and Tassanee Vegpongsa, AP

A soldier with a grudge gunned down 26 people and wounded 57 in Thailand’s worst mass shooting before he was fatally shot inside a mall in the country’s northeast on 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.

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.

“This incident was unprecedented in Thailand,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters as he gave the final tally Sunday morning after visiting the wounded in hospitals.

“I hope this is the only one and the last incident, and that it never happens again. No one wants this to happen. It could be because of this person’s mental health in this particular moment,” he said.

Prayuth said he was worried that people inside the mall could be accidentally hit by bullets fired by police, but added, “I have checked, that didn’t happen.”

Video taken outside the mall showed people diving for cover as shots rang out mid-afternoon Saturday. Many were killed outside the mall, some in cars, others while walking.

Nattaya Nganiem and her family had just finished eating and were driving away when she heard gunfire.

“First I saw a woman run out from the mall hysterically,” said Nattaya, who shot video of the scene on her phone. “Then a motorcycle rider in front of her just ran and left his motorcycle there.”

Hundreds of people were evacuated from the mall in small batches by police while they searched for the gunman.

“We were scared and ran to hide in toilets,” said Sumana Jeerawattanasuk, one of those rescued by police. She said seven or eight people hid in the same room as her.

“I am so glad. I was so scared of getting hurt,” she said.

Shortly before midnight, police announced they had secured the above-ground portion of the mall, but were still searching for the shooter. About 16 hours later, officials held a news conference outside the mall to announce the gunman was fatally shot.

Defense Ministry spokesman Kongcheep told Thai media that the first person killed was the commanding officer of the 22nd Ammunition Battalion, in which the suspect also served. He said the gunman had fired at others at his base and took guns and ammunition before fleeing in an army Humvee.

City and neighborhood police officers, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to release information, said the man fired shots as he drove to the mall. Thai Rath television aired mall security camera footage showing a man with what appeared to be an assault rifle.

The man also posted updates to his Facebook page during the rampage.

“No one can escape death,” read one post. Another asked, “Should I give up?” In a later post, he wrote, “I have stopped already.”

A photo circulated on social media that appeared to be taken from the Facebook page shows a man wearing a green camouflaged military helmet while a fireball and black smoke rage behind him. Jakrapanth’s 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. The Facebook page was made inaccessible after the shooting began.

Thai rescue teams walk pass a shooting victim’s vehicle outside Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. Thai officials say a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 21 people and injured 42 others has been shot dead inside a mall in northeastern Thailand. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Terminal 21 Korat, a multi-level glass and steel mall, is designed to resemble an airport terminal, complete with a mock control tower and departure gates. A large model passenger jet dangles from wires beside one of the main escalators.

Each of its seven retail floors is decorated to represent a different country. A giant replica of Paris’ Eiffel Tower soars to the ceiling, while a model of London’s Big Ben dominates another area, and a massive model of California’s Golden Gate Bridge spans an open courtyard. A two-story golden Oscar statue towers over a food court.

Many malls in Thailand, including Terminal 21’s namesake in Bangkok, have metal detectors and security cameras at entrances manned by uniformed but unarmed security guards. Checks on those entering are often cursory at best.

In Bangkok, the original Terminal 21 in the bustling heart of the city was filled with shoppers as usual Sunday morning. There were no signs of increased security or commemoration of the tragedy that unfolded a few hours’ drive away.

Gun violence is not unheard of in Thailand. Firearms can be obtained legally, and many Thais own guns. Mass shootings are rare, though there are occasional gun battles in the far south of the country, where authorities have for years battled a long-running separatist insurgency.

The incident in Korat comes just a month after another high-profile mall shooting, in the central Thai city of Lopburi. In that case, a masked gunman carrying a handgun with a silencer killed three people, including a 2-year-old boy, and wounded four others as he robbed a jewelry store. A suspect, a school director, was arrested less than two weeks later and reportedly confessed, saying he did not mean to shoot anyone.

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52 COMMENTS

  1. Too babe Red Flag poster boy’s James Campbell and Maddmaxx weren’t there they would have been rode in with several of their innumerable guns and saved the day. Well, either that or they would’ve run like cowards!

    • Focus TrollUs4Life.
      The topic is the Thai shooting.
      Glad to clear that up for you.
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      Learn it, know it, LIVE it loser.
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    • “,would have been rode in” at some point they would have had to swim to get to Thailand , maybe not depends on where they live. , But anyway the next time James Campbell swims to England I’m hitching a ride. I’ve heard you can get some good deals on assault knives there. Haha JWM&Geoff I don’t have to swim I’m riding a human👍

      • Holy shit! Assault knives? Its those really big fuckers, yeah. But smaller than a sword. Like some kind of intermediate blade. With an elbow thing that goes down.

  2. That does it, no more semi-auto rifles for soldiers or at the minimum they can’t have magazines that hold more than ______<=== insert arbitrary number. This has to STOP! How often this happens is inconsequential, we need knee-jerk reactions that make no sense. Even if it saves just one person!!!!

  3. “Gun violence is not unheard of in Thailand. Firearms can be obtained legally, and many Thais own guns.”
    If the Dumpster gets re-elected, no doubt we’ll see more of the same.

  4. So, guns are common n many Thais have guns. But, this guy is the only one shooting up a mall.

    So the thing to go after is… Guns? Gun owners? Whack-jobs shooting up malls?

    I’m gonna go with the third answer.

    • So, Bill De Blasio condemned the attack. Why? He’s the reason the guy was still on the street. The guy’s a “career criminal”. I guess he’s not in jail because he has a professional career. (sarc) When are the voters going to understand: The politicians DON’T care about YOU. Police, firemen, truck drivers, nurses, retail staff……just ignorant voters, voting for the same politicians.

  5. The news media in America showed short snippets of this leaving many in America thinking this was happening in the US, early on they didn’t say this was in Thailand.

    • They got in a shootout with him. Lots of rounds fired. He didn’t give up. He had to be shot dead.

      That’s very different than the American mass shooters. The police also acted differently than American police.

  6. Thailand is one of the most peaceful places on earth, except for the south with all the saber rattling muslims. Shitty this happened ;( I still want to visit Thailand one day.

  7. “It took police sharpshooters 16 hours to end the crisis…”

    I really hope he wasn’t able to go around finishing off civies while the armed authorities maintained a parameter for fear of being shot at.

    • They evacuated the mall and went through it looking for him. Some cops were on scene trying to distract him while the people in the mall got out. It was reported he had hostages but I have not seen confirmation. They tried to get him to give up. Eventually, they got into a gun battle with him.

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