Thailand Shooting: After killing several people at a day care centre in Nong Bua Lamphu, Thailand at around 3 p.m. local time (9 a.m. UK time), the attacker turned the gun on himself, his wife, and their young kid.
In a mass shooting at a children’s nursery in northern Thailand, a former policeman has killed at least 38 people, including 24 children.
While a massive manhunt was underway in Nong Bua Lamphu, about 333 miles north-northeast of Bangkok, the 34-year-old gunman, who had been fired for illegal drug use, killed himself, his wife, and their child.
On Thursday, a local police officer reported that among the 38 people killed and 18 people injured, 24 were toddlers as young as two years old. It was unknown what motivated Panya Khamrab.
According to Jidapa Boonsom, an official from the local government, at first, residents thought the noise was caused by fireworks.
“Incredibly surprising. When we realised they were firing, we ran for cover, terrified. I’ve never seen anything like it; so many kids were slaughtered “Later, she elaborated.
Police spokesman Paisan Luesomboon told Thai PBS television that the perpetrator departed in a rage after discovering that his child was not at the daycare.
Ms Boonsom claimed the man first opened fire on four or five members of staff, including a teacher who was eight months pregnant.
Just one day before the shooting, one educator shared a photo from his son’s birthday party.
According to local news source PPTV, the shooter didn’t stop firing at innocent bystanders after attacking the daycare. In the meantime, eyewitnesses claim they saw the shooter also brandishing a knife.
Photos appeared to show children’s bodies covered in white blankets and lying in pools of blood.
Ms. Boonsom stated that the shooting took place in the afternoon, and that the assailant used a knife to kill the children inside a locked room where they had been resting.
Mr. Khamrab then drove away in a white Vigo pickup truck bearing a Bangkok licence plate, causing the front bumper to fall off as he drove away, according to Thai Tiger.
Following his rampage at the day care centre, the offender shot himself, his wife, and their child at roughly 15:00 local time (9 am GMT).
The alleged murderer was reportedly fired from the police service last year after failing a drug test.
Nong Bua Lamphu and Na Klang, two nearby hospitals, have both expressed an immediate need for blood in order to treat victims of the incident.
Anyone who can donate blood right away should do so at once at either of the two hospitals.
Minister of Social Development and Human Security Juti Krairiksh has mandated that all shooting victims and their families receive immediate follow-up care from local authorities.
The police spokesman then asked the public to avoid discussing the incident and distributing media depicting the victims.
Police Royal Thai Police spokesman Major General Achayon Kraithong described the tragedy as a tragic loss.
He elaborated: “Please accept my sincere sympathies on behalf of the entire Comma Club family. including those who have been hurt and asking that users of social media not spread photographs or videos of the incident.”
As per General Anupong Paochinda‘s command, all local daycares and preschools were to be shut down.
Despite a higher proportion of gun ownership than some of its neighbours, mass shootings in Thailand are extremely uncommon.
In 2020, a soldier’s wrath over a failed real estate transaction led to the deaths of at least 29 persons and injuries to 57 over four places.
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