KORAT —Royal Thai Police said they were still searching for a soldier armed with an assault rifle who shot dead at least 12 people in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday evening.
The soldier, identified as Sgt. Jakkrapanth Thomma, stole a Humvee from his base and went on a shooting rampage in the North Eastern city, according to police.
Jakkrapan later went inside a local branch of Terminal 21 shopping mall and shot shoppers inside seemingly at random, investigators say.
Jakkrapanth also appeared to have posted several photos and videos of his attack on his social media account, along with updates in text. As of press time Facebook has now shut off his account.
“I’m tired now,” Jakkakrapanth said to the camera, wearing military helmet and uniform, “I can’t move my finger anymore.”
The dead include a motorcycle taxi driver, a cab driver, and a student, according to preliminary reports from the scene.
Videos posted by eyewitnesses to social media show Jakkrapanth firing a rifle into the crowd and busy traffic close to the mall.
At least one gas cylinder exploded during the attack.
The motives for the attack are unclear and the suspect is still loose as of press time.
This is a developing story and may be updated regularly.
With some source material from Khaosod.