Jakraphanth Thomma Biography – Wiki
Jakraphanth Thomma is a suspected Thai shooting police officer who reportedly killed his commanding officer before shooting and robbing arms from a military camp, BBC Thai was reported.
At least 12 people shot dead by soldier in Thailand, police say
The suspect, named by authorities as Jakraphanth Thomma, opened fire at a shopping centre in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat – he is still at largehttps://t.co/GFl95LJCeC pic.twitter.com/IXvuXsvfZd
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 8, 2020
He is believed to be 32 years old.
Thai Shooting News & Reports
The disaster occured in the late afternoon at the Suatham Phithak military camp, where the commanding officer, named as Col Anantharot Krasae, was shot dead. It is reported that a 63-year-old woman and another officer were also killed beside.
Before friving a Humvee-type vehicle, the suspect, who was later identified as 32-year-old Jakraphanth Thomma, stole armed weapons from the military base.
Reports show that he then started shooting at many sites before arriving at the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Nakhon Ratchasima.
After the troops and police entered into the building, many gunshots were said to be heard in the ringing air.
Due to the unstoppable shooting, the suspect’s mother was brought to calm convince him to surrender himself.
Jakraphanth Thomma CCTV Footage
In local media footage, the shooting sergeant is appeared to be getting out of his vehicle and shooting at hiding and running people.
CCTV footage shows he entered the shopping centre with an armed rifle.
Another footage showed a fire outside the building, which was believed to be an explosion caused by a gas canister being hit by a bullet.
Officials confirmed 20 people had been shot down and killed so far.
According to Defence ministry, hundreds of people were brought out of the building safely, but there could be multiple still in the building.
Where is Jakraphanth Thomma Now?
Thomma was caught driving to the city centre and entering a shopping building, where he is holed up.
Jakraphanth Thomma Motive
The motive behind the shooting is still unknown
Jakraphanth Thomma Facebook Posts
He posted on his social media accounts during the attack, with one post on Facebook asking whether he should surrender.
He had earlier posted an image of a pistol with three sets of bullets, writing: “it is time to get excited” and “nobody can avoid death”.
His post has reportedly been removed from the platform of Facebook by Facebook.
The public health minister has appealed the people to donate blood at hospitals in the nearby area.