Thai Police Arrest 14-Year-Old Boy Over Fatal Shopping Centre Shooting
A teenage boy has been arrested for carrying out a suspected fatal shooting at Siam Paragon shopping centre in Bangkok, Thailand.
Thailand’s national police chief Tosak Sukvimol said two people had been killed – a tourist from China and a Myanmar national, while five were injured.
Initially, emergency services said four or five people were killed, before revising it done to one.
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No explanation for the inconsistency was give, however Bangkok’s Erawan Emergency Medical Centre later supported the police’s number.
Just after 4pm, people at the luxury shopping centre took to social media reporting they had heard gunshots.
Videos emerged of people running, screaming and hiding. Hundreds also fled the centre, where outside the city was being hit with torrential rain.
Police arrested the 14-year-old alleged suspect at about 5pm, who they say had been receiving psychiatric treatment but had missed his medication on the day of the incident.
“We have spoken to his parents,” police chief Torsak said to media.
“The suspect said that someone was telling him to shoot others.”
In a statement, Siam Paragon said police and the centre’s security team immediately evacuated customers and employees from the building.
“We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the police, volunteers, and our security team for their dedicated efforts in bringing the situation under control,” it said.
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