Yesterday (Oct 3), shoppers were sent fleeing for their lives after several gunshots were fired at the upscale Siam Paragon Mall, where it has claimed two lives and left five wounded.
Not long after the shooting, Thai police managed to capture the person responsible for the massacre after he surrendered to them along with a handgun.
14yo suspect in Siam Paragon Mall shooting claims a voice told him to open fire
According to national police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, he told Bangkok Post that the suspect was a 14-year-old teenage boy who was undergoing mental treatment at Rajavithi Hospital.
“The suspect was taken to the Pathumwan police station for questioning but was in a confused state, where he told police that he heard voices telling him to shoot people.
“However, I don’t want to discuss further details as the suspect is a minor,” he said.
Bullets found at suspect’s home
Bangkok Post reported that the suspect was allegedly a student at a private school and his parents were both professors.
A search of his home by police uncovered multiple ammunition, which included 49 9mm bullets and 15 spent shells of various sizes.
Police also reportedly found videos of the suspect practicing using a firearm in his phone.
Two killed, five injured in shooting
Thai police have since confirmed that two people were killed in the shooting, one being a 34-year-old China national and a Myanmar woman who succumbed to her injuries at Police General Hospital.
As for the injured victims, three were admitted to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, where one of them is in a critical condition after she was shot in the head.
The remaining two injured victims were a 28-year-old Lao woman who was taken to Bangkok Christian Hospital and a Thai woman who was sent to Police General Hospital.
While shootings are rare in Thailand, the country has a large number of gun ownership and often descend into bloody incidents, such as the nursery shooting in 2020.