Soldier kills 27 in bloodiest shooting spree in Thailand

Armed commando soldiers carry a person out of Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. A gunman described as a soldier angry over a financial dispute killed a few people and then went on a far bloodier rampage Saturday in northeastern Thailand, shooting as he drove to the busy mall where shoppers fled in terror. Multiple people were killed in all, more people were injured. (AP Photo/WasonWanichakorn)

Thailand’s prime minister says 27 people are dead, including the gunman who went on the bloodiest shooting spree in the country’s history.

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha told reporters that another 57 people have been wounded in the 16-hour rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima, a hub for Thailand’s relatively poorer and rural northeastern region.

Authorities say a soldier angry over a financial dispute was behind the killings.

Sgt. Maj. Jakrapanth Thomma was fatally shot Sunday morning in a busy shopping mall where he was holed up overnight.