The bloodiest deadly shooting rampage in Thailand history ended with the killing of a Thai regular army soldier who had got angry over a property deal gone sour and shot at least 29 people dead while the other 57 were left with the injuries of various degrees. In the early hours of Sunday morning, the authorities of the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima confirmed that the gunman was shot dead following the shootings in four locations in and around the city.
The city’s Terminal 21 shopping centre appeared to be the most violent scene where the shooter held out against an overnight siege with an assault rifle and ammunition stolen from his army base.
The killings began at around 3pm (0800 GMT) on Saturday when the soldier opened fire in a house before moving to an army camp and then driving to the mall in a stolen Humvee.
The gunman has been identified by the Nakhon Ratchasima police officials as a 32-year-old soldier, Jakrapanth Thomma. He initially posted written messages on Facebook during the attack before his account was shut down by the company.
According to initial information the soldier got angry after a conflict with a relative of his commanding officer.
“It was a personal conflict…over a house deal,” Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said during a briefing with the journalists on Sunday from Nakhon Ratchasima after traveling there to meet wounded survivors.
A CCTV footage from inside the mall posted on social media showed the gunman dressed in black and wearing a mask, his gun slung over his shoulder with no sign of other people around.
According to the local media, Jakrapanth worked at an army base close to Nakhon Ratchasima, which is about 250 km (155 miles) from the capital Bangkok.