The criminal, who is a professional military man, first shot his colleagues in the unit and then opened fire in the street. He then fled to the mall, where he held hostages.
The death toll from the shooting incident in the town of Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand has reached 20, with 31 others injured. This was announced by the country’s Minister of Health Anutin Chanivirakul.
According to the minister, 16 people were killed in the shooting, which began in the military unit, and then continued in the shopping center. Four other people died in the hospital.
According to the Thai Defense Ministry, the 34-year-old shooter is a sergeant of the Army. He is a professional military man, shooting instructor, and sniper, trained in the special forces program.
Several hostages are being released from the #Terminal21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, #Thailand, where a gunman has killed at least 20 people in a mass shooting.https://t.co/5n7p3apFw6 pic.twitter.com/EMCdKs4azo
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Earlier, a man shot his colleagues and stole a car in one of the units of the Thai army. Driving around the city, he opened fire on passers-by.
The perpetrator then fled to the shopping center, where he reportedly held about 16 hostages.
Special forces stormed the four-story building of the Terminal 21 shopping center. Before that, more than a thousand people were removed from it.
According to media reports, the shooter managed to leave the building where he had been hiding for more than nine hours.
He engaged in a shootout with special forces in a multi-story parking lot. Then he set fire to the gas cylinder nearby and fled.
Leaving the building of the shopping center, a man killed one commando, another fighter was wounded.
Recall, last December at the U.S. Navy base near Honolulu, a sailor opened fire, wounded three people and committed suicide.
Two of the victims later died in the hospital.