A suspect is in custody after a mass shooting at a mall in Bangkok, Thailand.
On October 3, it was reported that gunshots were heard at Siam Paragon Mall, a luxury center in Bangkok, around 4:20 p.m. local time.
Recorded footage shows shopping fleeing the area as gunshots go off, with those unable to find exits sheltering in different locations in the mall.
— หน่องเจน (@janejanejuta) October 3, 2023
— . อั๊ตแจมแฮมชีส ✨ — (@autzjamx) October 3, 2023
The 14-year-old suspect was captured at the Siam Kempinski Hotel around 50 minutes after the shooting is said to have begun. Photos show authorities pinning the suspect on the ground and collecting the suspected weapon used.
According to most recent police updates, two were killed and five injured, many of which are critical.
The suspect’s capture was recorded on film, with many noting that the teenager was wearing an American flag hat. There have been over 500 mass shootings in the United States this year alone, and many have theorized this may have served as an inspiration as in other cases.
14 years old…. and wearing a cap with the USA flag omg https://t.co/bsr6uMVlUs
— danial ★⁵ (@hyunxingnamja) October 3, 2023
Am pretty sure he watched the us mass shootings & thought its cool tsk tsk https://t.co/CBdu2Qhrei
— Ninz (@girl_bfr) October 3, 2023
I didn’t understand a thing but the US flag on his cap says a lot https://t.co/KV0WjkxljB
— Karl Allen (@carlkarantes) October 3, 2023
Police General Torsak Sukwimon reported that the two killed were a Chinese woman and a Myanmar national and that the suspect has a history of mental illness.
Our deepest condolences to the victims’ families.