Soldier kills 26 in bloodiest shooting spree in Thailand

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (AP) - Thailand’s prime minister says 27 people are dead, including the gunman who went on the bloodiest shooting spree in the country’s history.

Police and bystanders stand near the scene of a shooting at the Terminal 21 mall, in Korat, Thailand, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020. Police in northeastern Thailand said a soldier shot multiple people on Saturday, killing more than 10, and was holed up at a popular shopping mall. (AP Photo)

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that another 57 people have been wounded in the 16-hour rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima, a hub for Thailand’s relatively poorer and rural northeastern region.

Authorities say a soldier angry over a financial dispute was behind the killings.

Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma was fatally shot Sunday morning in a busy shopping mall where he was holed up overnight.

Thomma was shooting as he drove to the mall, where shoppers fled in terror, officials say. Video taken outside the mall showed people diving for cover as shots rang out mid-afternoon Saturday.

Many were killed outside the mall, some in cars, others while walking.

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