Thai military representative said the culprit of the shooting on February 8 was a soldier specializing in weapons and ammunition, expressing concern when the subject used the gun very well.
Footage of soldiers firing at Thai trade center Thai media reported at least 17 people were killed and 14 injured in the shootings in the northeast of the country. There was information that the killer was arresting 16 hostages.
Police and Thai troops are besieging Jakrapanth Thomma, the culprit at the shootings at Terminal 21 shopping center in Nakhon Ratchasima. Police representatives said the perpetrator belonged to Military Region 2 Command.
According to Lieutenant General Thanya Kiatsarn, army representative directed at the scene, the object is entrenched inside the commercial center. The motive for causing the crime has not been clarified.
Army spokesman, Lt. Gen. Kongcheep Tantravanich, said the target was an officer in charge of weapons and battalions at the battalion level.
“Every soldier has to use a good gun, but this person is especially better,” said Kongcheep.
The military is verifying whether Jakrapanth holds hostages. Thai media said the soldier had arrested at least 16 people.
Jakrapanth got into a fight with the commanding officer, then shot and killed him. He took the gun of the officer and sought to shoot 2 teammates. It is currently unclear whether the target killed another soldier.
Jakrapanth stole the Humvee off-road vehicle of Surathampithak barracks and many weapons including machine guns.
The military has not officially announced how many weapons in the arsenal are taken by the subject. Khaosod quoted the military as saying that the subject may have stolen 700 bullets, 2 grenades and 6 types of guns.
At least 17 people were killed and 21 others injured in the shootings. The victims were transferred to six hospitals in the city for treatment. Police are concerned that the number of casualties will continue to rise.
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