Thailand Mass Shooting Live Updates: Approx 24 children and 11 adults (More than 35 People) were killed Thursday in a mass shooting attack at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand, authorities said.
The attacker then fled the scene, shooting from his car as he drove home, where he killed his wife and child before taking his own life, police said.
Thailand Mass Shooting Live Updates: More than 35 people died in a Mass Shooting in Thailand
The initial attacker came at about 12:30 p.m. and was identified as a former police officer, entered the childcare center in the town of Nong Bua Lamphu, authorities said.
Nineteen boys, three girls and two adults were killed in the building before the attacker escaped, according to a police statement.
Photos and videos of the scene posted online showed sleeping mats scattered in a preschool room, its floor smeared with blood, with alphabet pictures and other colourful wall decorations.
Videos carried the sound of wails as desperate family members cried and watched outside the nursery school building.
Ambulances stood by as police and medical workers walked into the schoolyard.
According to Thai media reports, the gunman also used knives (Blades) in the attack.
After the suspect escaped, he continued to shoot from his car, hitting several people, police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told The Associated Press.
After arriving home, that officer killed his wife and child before killing himself, according to the Daily News newspaper.
Police said a total of two children and 10 adults died outside the childcare center, including the suspect, his wife and his son.
Firearm-related deaths in Thailand are much lower than in countries like the United States and Brazil, but higher than in countries like Japan and Singapore which have strict gun control laws.
Thailand’s previous worst mass shooting involved an unhappy soldier who opened fire in and around a mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in 2020, killing 29 people and holding off security forces for some 16 hours before eventually being killed by them.