BREAKING Thailand News! 14-Year-Old Boy Shots 3 Dead Including A Female Chinese Tourist And Injures Many At Paragon Shopping Mall In Bangkok!
: In a shocking and tragic incident that unfolded at the heart of downtown Bangkok, a 14-year-old boy went on a shooting rampage inside the bustling Siam Paragon shopping mall, leaving three adults dead, including a female Chinese tourist, and several others injured. This horrifying incident has once again cast a spotlight on Thailand's struggles with gun violence, stirring up questions about firearm regulation and mental health issues.
Photo posted on Facebook by Phuri Phatara of One Channel shows a policeman overwhelming the suspected gunman after the shooting spree at Siam Paragon
The Unfolding Tragedy
The incident occurred on a fateful afternoon, around 4:20 pm, as shoppers browsed through the myriad stores of Siam Paragon. Witnesses describe the terrifying scene as more than ten rounds of gunshots rang out, sending hundreds of people scrambling for safety. The director of Erawan Emergency Center, Yuthana Srettanan, confirmed the grim toll, with three dead and several wounded.
According to local Thailand News
media, among the injured, three individuals, including a foreigner, were rushed to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, while another received treatment at Police General Hospital. The chilling reality of this event was captured on social media, with videos and images circulating, showing a young Thai male in a black shirt, camouflage pants with a black cap with the American flag on it, brandishing a handgun.
A police special operations team swiftly responded to the incident, pursuing the young assailant as he fled the mall. They eventually cornered him at the nearby Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, where he surrendered without a struggle. This swift response undoubtedly prevented further casualties and chaos.
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin was promptly briefed about the "shooting" and closely monitored developments. Meanwhile, the national police chief, Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol, rushed to the scene. As a result of the incident, the entrances and exits of the mall were sealed off, and the BTS Skyway suspended service at the Siam BTS station.
Gun Violence in Thailand
This tragedy occurred just days before the one-year anniversary of one of the darkest days in recent Thai history when an ex-police officer armed with a knife and a gun attacked a nursery, resulting in the deaths of 24 children and 12 adults. Thailand has long struggled with high rates of gun ownership and a history of violent firearm incidents.
In 2020, a former army officer went on a rampage in a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, claiming the lives of 29 people and injuring numerous others. The recurring theme of gun violence in the country has raised concerns about the need for stricter firearm regulations and improved mental health support.
As the dust settled around Siam Paragon, the police initiated their investigation. The 14-year-old suspect was in custody but remained in a state of fear and di
stress. Authorities worked to calm him down and extract information about the incident. Forensic police officers arrived at the scene to conduct investigations, and police officials combed through the suspect's background, including any history of mental illness.
The Royal Thai Police confirmed that three people lost their lives in the shooting, including Ms. Zhao Jinnan, a 34-year-old female Chinese tourist who was shot dead in the G floor parking lot. However, details about the other victims were still being confirmed. As for the injured, six individuals were reported, with four sent to Chulalongkorn Hospital and two to Police Hospital for treatment. One of the injured was also a foreigner.
The Mental Health Aspect
National police chief Pol Gen Torsak Sukvimol disclosed that the 14-year-old suspect had a history of mental health problems. During initial questioning, the young boy was unable to provide a coherent account of what had transpired and mentioned experiencing hallucinations. It was crucial for the police to reach out to the suspect's parents before a full interrogation could take place.
It should be noted that the number of Thais developing mental issues has risen exponentially over the last few years due to multiple reasons including economic hardships and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor. Many in the middle classes are also dropping to poor levels while only the filthy and despicable rich are getting richer. It will be of no surprise that there will be more of such incidents happening as the middle and poor classes suffer while the rich Sino Thais, rich expats and even rich Thai Indian Punjabis continue to exploit the poor and middle classes with filthy corrupted politicians backing them up.
Many of the government policies in the last few years (some adopted from the filthy West especially Europe and the United States!) have made it more difficult for Thais to earn a living!
Rich foreign tourists and especially Chinese coming to the country to buy up properties and businesses and even set up businesses to compete with the locals are not helping but is only creating an environment of growing resentment against them and also against the the filthy Sino Thai politicians and Sino Thai conglomerates that are supporting the Chinese.
The arrest of the young gunman occurred approximately an hour after the shooting commenced on the mall's ground floor. Terrified shoppers fled towards the exits as the assailant opened fire with a 9mm pistol. The suspect later sought refuge in the Siam Kempinski Hotel, adjacent to the shopping mall.
A video clip captured the tense moment when four policemen approached the suspect, who showed no resistance. With his hands raised above his head, he was taken into custody without further incident. Authorities praised the management of Siam Paragon for their quick response in evacuating the compound, potentially preventing additional casualties.
The tragic shooting rampage at Bangkok's Siam Paragon shopping mall serves as a stark reminder of the complex issues surrounding gun violence and mental health in Thailand. While the young suspect has been apprehended, questions about how he obtained a firearm and his history of mental illness need to be thoroughly investigated.
Many locals are rallying to support the 14-year-old boy with some already insisting that he should not be punished due to his age, rather he should be given proper counselling and care.
As Thailand grapples with this heart-wrenching incident, it also faces the broader challenge of addressing gun violence and ensuring the safety of its citizens and visitors. This tragedy emphasizes the importance of stringent firearm regulations and mental health support to prevent similar incidents in the future.
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