Thailand - 20 dead in mass shooting as gunman hides in mall, 8 Feb 2020

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    20 dead, 31 hurt in Thai mass shooting as gunman hides in mall
    ''An airport-themed mall filled with colorful Lego sculptures, a merry-go-round and huge replicas of landmarks from around the world became a shooting gallery Saturday as a Thai soldier opened fire during the mid-afternoon rush. Officials say at least 20 were killed and 31 injured.

    Defence Ministry spokesman Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantrawanich said Sgt. Jakrapanth Thomma was behind the attack at the Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, a hub for Thailand’s relatively poorer and rural northeastern region. Officials say he was angry over a land dispute.

    Shortly before midnight, police announced they had secured the entire mall, but were still searching for the shooter. Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said there were no more bodies left inside, but added, “we don’t know whether there are any additional injuries or deaths or not.”

    It was the country’s second mass shooting in about a month.''
    The man believed to be the gunman appears to have 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.”

    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.

    In a photo circulated on social media that appeared to be taken from his Facebook page, the suspect can be seen wearing a green camouflaged military helmet while a fireball and black smoke rage behind him. The Facebook page was made inaccessible after the shooting began.

    The gunman could scarcely have chosen a more target-rich environment in which to vent his rage''.

    ''The 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.''
     


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    Feb 8, 2020
    The Telegraph
    ''A Thai soldier has killed at least 17 people in a livestreamed mass shooting before holing himself in a popular shopping mall. The gunmen opened fire at different locations in Nakhon Ratchasima in the north east of Thailand, 155 miles from capital Bangkok. The shooter, identified by police as Sergeant Major Jakapanth Thomma, remained inside the Terminal 21 shopping mall and had not yet been apprehended, the police said.''
     
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    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/thailand-mall-shooting-1.5457086

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    Authorities identified the suspect as Sgt. Jakrapanth Thomma and described him as a soldier angry over a land dispute. (Thai Crime Suppression Division via Reuters)
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    Vehicles block the road in front of Terminal 21 Korat mall on Sunday. (Sakchai Lalitkanjanakul/Associated Press)

    ''Nattaya Nganiem, who shot a video from outside the mall in which gunshots were heard, recounted what she experienced.

    "We just left the mall after we had our meal. While we were in our car on the opposite side, we heard a loud sound and then we could see people starting to run out. First I saw a woman run out from the mall hysterically. Then a motorcycle rider in front of her just ran and left his motorcycle there.''
    ''We were just inside having dinner and my child was getting unusually restless, that's why we left, otherwise, we would have been stuck inside there. I can't believe this is happening in my hometown. I mean, this shopping mall, we go there almost every other day. "

    Once she got home and learned what had happened, she fainted, she said.''

    Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, is about 250 kilometres northeast of the Thai capital, Bangkok. It is a hub for Thailand's relatively poorer and rural northeastern region.
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    Terminal 21 Korat is part of a small chain of Thai shopping centres run by Bangkok-based property developer LH Mall & Hotel Co. The malls feature floors modeled after major cities around the world.
     
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    Currently it is just about 10 minutes before 7 a.m. Sunday morning in Thailand. GMT+7
     
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    rbbm.
    21 killed in Thailand mall carnage, gunman still on the loose: What we know so far
    9 Feb, 2020 00:37
    • ''The gunman opened fire, killing at least 20 visitors and injuring over 30, before taking hostages inside a busy Terminal 21 shopping center in Korat, also known as Nakhon Ratchasima, in northeast Thailand, on Saturday.
    • The suspect was identified as junior army officer Jakraphanth Thomma, who is reportedly a shooting instructor in his unit, and a sniper who has completed a special forces program. Before the carnage at the mall, he killed his commander and two others at a military base, and stole weapons, ammunition and a Humvee.''
    • In a shootout with SWAT at the shopping mall’s parking lot on Sunday night, the gunman killed one special forces serviceman and injured another, bringing the death toll to at least 21.
    • The gunman is still on the loose, believed to be holed up in the basement of the shopping mall.''
     
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    still not caught?

    ETA: was posting at the same time as you dotr thanks for the update
     
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    20 people. Horrible.

    Very sad to read this news.

    jmo
     
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    This is so sad. I’m so OVER hearing about mass shootings in America. Now it seems like it’s spreading weekly all over the world.

    Not trying to start a debate here. But really think Iceland is the only country in the world that has figured out how to balance personal right to protection with the rights of the public to be safe from a maniac shooter. They have quite a process.
    How Iceland became the gun-loving country with no shooting murders
     
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    A soldier with a grudge has 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, officials say.

    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.
    Thai shopping centre mass shooting sparked by 'financial dispute'
     
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