NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand -- Thai officials say a soldier who went on a shooting rampage and killed at least 21 people and injured 42 others has been shot dead inside a mall in northeastern Thailand.
Officials say the soldier angry over a financial dispute first killed two people and then went on a far bloodier rampage Saturday, shooting as he drove to a busy mall where shoppers fled in terror.
Video taken outside the mall showed people diving for cover as shots rang out mid-afternoon Saturday.
“First I saw a woman run out from the mall hysterically,” witness Nattaya Nganiem told the Associated Press. “Then a motorcycle rider in front of her just ran and left his motorcycle there.”
Many were killed outside the mall, some in cars, others while walking.
Police commandos searched the mall for the shooter, and police said they had secured the building from the ground floor up.
About 16 hours later, officials held a news conference outside the mall early Sunday to announce the gunman was fatally shot.
The officials did not release any additional details.
This was the country’s second mass shooting in about a month.