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Thailand mass shooting: Here’s what we know about the attack at least 29 dead


A shooting spree that spanned multiple hours and several locations — including at a Thai mall — left at least 29 people dead and dozens more wounded this weekend.

The shooter, identified as 32-year-old Royal Thai Army soldier Jakrapanth Thomma, was shot dead by military personnel Sunday morning.

To date, the attack is Thailand’s largest mass shooting ever carried out by a single gunman.

Here’s what we know, and don’t know, about the attack.

According to Thai officials, the attack began at around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday after Jakrapanth fatally shot his commanding officer, Col. Anantarote Krasae, at his residence.

Jakrapanth then head to his army camp, gathering assault weapons and ammunition while wounding several soldiers as he stole a vehicle to escape. Several more, including two policemen that tried to apprehend him, were injured afterward.

He arrived at the Terminal 21 Korat shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima city at around 6 p.m. and started to spray the area with bullets. Bystanders, pedestrians and those in nearby vehicles were all shot at indiscriminately.

During the attack, Jakrapanth posted statements on his Facebook account, including a selfie reported by media outlets to be of himself in full military gear

“Death is inevitable for everyone,” he wrote in a statement.

“Three bodies were for revenge, the rest were self-defence,” read another statement, according to Al Jazeera.

A video that was posted on his Facebook, before the account was shut down by the social media company, showed him complaining about how tired he was and how much his fingers cramped.

“Should I give up?” he asked.


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