In an incident that started at a daycare center in northeastern Thailand on Thursday, at least 24 children and 11 adults were slain, according to authorities. The shooter then drove off, shooting as he went, killing his wife and child before turning the pistol on himself, according to authorities.
According to investigators, the first assault happened at around 12:30 p.m. when the man, who has been identified as a former police officer, visited the daycare facility in the town of Nongbua Lamphu.
In the building before the attacker escaped, 19 boys, 3 girls, and 2 adults were killed, according to a police statement.
Online images and videos of the incident revealed sleeping mats lying around in a preschool room with blood covering the floor and alphabet posters and other vibrant wall art.
Wails were captured on camera as distressed relatives sobbed outside the nursery school facility. Police and medical personnel were walking on the schoolyard while ambulances waited nearby.
The attacker reportedly also used knives in the attack, according to Thai media sources.
According to police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon, the suspect continued to shoot after he had fled and hit multiple persons with his bullets from inside his automobile.
He killed his wife and child after getting home, according to the Daily News newspaper, and then he killed himself.
Police reported that the suspect, his wife, and his kid were among the 10 adults and two children who passed away outside the daycare center.
Thailand has a greater rate of firearm-related fatalities than nations with stricter gun control legislation, including Japan and Singapore, but considerably lower rates than nations like the US and Brazil. In 2019, there were almost 4 firearm-related deaths per 100,000 people, compared to nearly 23 per 100,000 in Brazil and about 11 per 100,000 in the United States.
At Thailand’s Army War College in Bangkok last month, a clerk opened fire on his coworkers, killing two and injuring another before being apprehended.
A dissatisfied soldier who opened fire in and around a mall in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in 2020, killing 29 people, was the previous biggest mass shooting in the nation. The shooter managed to elude security officers for about 16 hours before being killed by them.
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