Thai soldier on rampage in shopping mall killed, ending 16 hour crisis

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Thai security forces have killed a soldier after a shooting rampage that left at least 21 people dead and 30 injured, police and military sources said.

Shortly before midnight, police announced they had secured the above-ground portion of the mall, but were still searching for the shooter. About 16 hours later, officials held a news conference outside the mall to announce the gunman was fatally shot.

Police and bystanders stand near the scene of a shooting at the Terminal 21 mall, in Korat, Thailand."No one can escape death," read one post. Another asked, "Should I give up?" In a later post, he wrote, "I have stopped already." Each of its seven retail floors is decorated to represent a different country. A giant replica of Paris' Eiffel Tower soars to the ceiling, while a model of London's Big Ben dominates another area, and a massive model of California's Golden Gate Bridge spans an open courtyard. A two-story golden Oscar statue towers over a food court.

Gun violence is not unheard of in Thailand. Firearms can be obtained legally, and many Thais own guns. Mass shootings are rare, though there are occasional gun battles in the far south of the country, where authorities have for years battled a long-running separatist insurgency.

 

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