Several Killed as Hundreds Flee from Shooting in Bangkok

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – At least four people were killed as hundreds of shoppers fled Siam Paragon mall in Bangkok on Tuesday while gunshots were heard near high-end retail stores.

Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau said a 14-year-old male was arrested after police caught up with him on the third floor of the Siam Kempinski Hotel, the Straits Times reported.

Footage from a security camera shows a man, reportedly the shooter, kneeling with his hands on his head as three officers close in on him. One officer then tackles him to the floor.

Other images of the supposed gunman show a man wearing camouflage trousers, brown cap, a black jacket and military-style shoes. In one photo, he seems to be holding a handgun.

Emergency services said at least four people were killed and three were injured in the incident.

Television station Thai PBS reported that five people have been wounded.

Shoppers who could not get to the exits took shelter inside stores at the mall.

A train station was closed, and the public was advised to stay away from the mall.

Thai Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said he has been informed of the incident, and that he has ordered National Police Chief Torsak Sukwimon to give him regular updates.

Gun violence is common in Thailand.

An ex-police officer killed 22 children in a nursery in 2022 during a gun-and-knife attack, while in 2020, a soldier shot and killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage covering four locations in and around the north-eastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

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