Mass shooter killed at Terminal 21 in Korat, police say


KORAT — The mass shooter who killed 21 people in a shooting spree in Korat was shot dead by the police, putting an end to the long-hours siege at Terminal 21.

Sgt. Jakkrapanth Thomma, 32, who stole military-grade weapons from his base in Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday before going on a rampage that left multiple victims dead, was killed during a police operation at Terminal 21 shopping mall where he spent hours holed up inside, according to the police at the scene.

Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul confirmed the news, posting online that the mass shooter has been killed.

At least 21 people were killed in what appeared to be Thailand’s worst mass shooting in modern history. Another 42 people were also wounded, Nakhon Ratchasima governor said. The killings also came on a long weekend marking the Buddhist holiday of Makha Bucha.

The latest fatality was a member of a police commando team was shot dead while engaging in a firefight with the gunman inside Terminal 21 shopping mall at about 4 am, according to media reports.

Police sources said Jakkrapanth was killed at about 9 am in the “Foodland” area of the shopping mall’s basement level. EOD teams were deployed to search for possible explosives brought by the gunman.

Motives for the murders were unclear, but the dead victims include Jakkrapanth’s commanding officer at the base, who was said to be involved in a dispute over money loans with the soldier.

Source: Khaosod English

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