Mass Shooter Killed at Thai Shopping Mall: Security Sources

February 8, 2020 Updated: February 9, 2020
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BANGKOK—Thai security forces on Sunday killed a soldier after he carried out a mass shooting that left at least 21 people dead, police and military sources said.

They said he had been killed at the shopping mall where he was holed up in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

“The police have killed the perpetrator and rescued eight hostages. Some were wounded,” said one of the security sources.

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Thai security forces evacuate people who were stranded inside the Terminal 21 shopping mall following a gun battle, to try to stop a soldier on a rampage after a mass shooting, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, on Feb. 9, 2020. (Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters

Both declined to be named because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Police earlier identified 32-year-old Sgt. Jakrapanth Thomma as the gunman.

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An image of a suspect Jakrapanth Thomma on a wanted poster, after a mass shooting in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, in a document released by the Thai Crime Suppression Bureau in Thailand on Feb. 8, 2020. (THAI CRIME SUPPRESSION BUREAU/Handout via REUTERS)

The killings began at around 3 p.m. on Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then to the mall in Nakhon Ratchasima in northeastern Thailand.