Thai gunman among 27 dead in ‘unprecedented’ mass shooting

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha gesturing to the public outside a hospital where victims of a mass shooting were taken, in Korat today. Authorities say a disgruntled soldier used weapons stolen from an army barracks and killed 26 people before he was shot dead. – AFP pic, February 9, 2020.

A THAI soldier who killed at least 26 people before being shot dead in a mall by commandos went on the rampage because of a debt dispute, the kingdom’s prime minister said today, offering the first official speculation for the motive of an “unprecedented” shooting spree.

After a night that seesawed between heavy exchanges of gunfire and terrifying dashes for mall exits by trapped shoppers, sharpshooters brought an end to the 17-hour ordeal when they killed the gunman this morning in Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat.

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