Repeated shooting at Bangkok Mall, 1 person killed and perpetrators hunted
Shooting at a Bangkok mall repeated. An armed man killed one person and injured another in a shopping center in Bangkok on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. According to local police.
“The shooting at Century The Movie Plaza, near Victory Monument in the Thai capital, was a personal matter and the gunman escaped from the scene,” Thai police said as quoted by Channel News Asia, Tuesday (02/18/2020).
“One person was killed and another injured,” said Police Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen.
In a statement, the local police said that they already knew the identity of the suspect and tried to arrest him.
“The gunman entered the beauty clinic in the mall, where his ex-wife worked and opened fire, killed him and injured an observer,” Kissana said.
The nine-story mall, famous for its upstairs cinema, continues to operate and only the shooting area is closed.
The Plaza is connected to the Victory Monument skytrain station, a transit center that is crowded with passengers during the afternoon rush hour.
The shooting took place at a beauty clinic called The Icon Clinic, located on the fourth floor of the mall.
1 person injured
A wounded woman was taken to Phyathai Nawamin Hospital, reported the Workpoint news agency.
While Thai Rath reported that the witness heard several shots.
The incident on Tuesday occurred 10 days after a soldier killed at least a dozen people in the Terminal 21 shopping center in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima. He previously killed his commander, other soldiers at his base and several people at the Buddhist temple.
A brutal attack with weapons was reported for 18 hours in Korat City on Saturday, February 8, killing at least 29 lives and injuring 58 others.
Hundreds of buyers fled and hid inside a shopping center before the soldier wearing military clothing was killed by police officers on Sunday morning. The country’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, said the army was angry about the land dispute.
Although many people have weapons in Thailand, mass killings are rare, and ruthless army tantrums horrify the nation. Early news reports about Friday’s shots, coinciding with Valentine’s Day, sparked fears of imitators shooting.
While previously, Valentine’s Day in Bangkok was also tarnished due to the shooting incident. After a few days before there was the deadliest mass shooting in Thailand.
Quoting The New York Times , a gunman who fired several rounds of shots at people in Bangkok was arrested the same day as the shooting, Friday, February 14.
There were no injuries or deaths in the shooting, which began early on Friday morning. The man, identified by local media as Ekkachai Charueksilp, began firing shots from his home above a sports equipment shop in central Bangkok.
The gunman fired at least 20 shots, which led to a six-hour siege by police on a road that was closed to the public. The siege ended after officers sought help from gunmen’s relatives and sent a team to mediate with the gunman.
“The gunman finally gave in and was questioned about his motives,” said Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen, a spokesman for the Royal Thai Police.