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14-year-old detained for shooting at Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok

Yesterday, during a shooting at the Siam Paragon shopping center in Bangkok, two women were killed.

Police Chief General Torsak Sukvimol informed journalists that a 34-year-old Chinese citizen and a Myanmar citizen died as a result of the shooting at Siam Paragon shopping center. One of the women died at the scene, while the other succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.

Victims of the shooting at the Siam Paragon shopping center

Three people (some sources report 5 people) suffered injuries of varying severity. One of them, a Laotian citizen, is in critical condition.

During a press conference with journalists, Lieutenant General Achayon Kraithong revealed that the 14-year-old suspect had previously suffered from a mental disorder and was not taking medication.

Thai police are questioning the teenager who carried out the shooting at the Siam Paragon shopping center in Bangkok.

At the time of his arrest, the suspect was in a confused state and claimed that voices in his head told him to shoot people. He also disclosed that he had purchased the firearm, a 9mm Glock 19 pistol, online and was a fan of shooting games.

Items found during a search of the room of the teenager who carried out the shooting at the Siam Paragon shopping center

Currently, it is known that the suspect is enrolled in The Essence School school and his parents are professors. During the search of the teenager's room, numerous rounds of ammunition and shooting targets were discovered. Additionally, there were videos on his phone showing the boy practicing with firearms.

Items found during a search of the room of the teenager who carried out the shooting at the Siam Paragon shopping center

Currently, the suspect is in custody at the Phatum Wan police station and awaits a medical examination.

Firearm-related crimes are not uncommon in Thailand, possibly due to the easy access to firearms for many Thai citizens.

According to the Small Arms Survey, by 2022, Thailand will have more than 10.3 million firearms, the highest in the ASEAN region.

In 2022, Thailand recorded 2,804 firearm-related deaths (ranking 15th worldwide), with a firearm-related mortality rate of 3.91 per 100,000 people.

The most notable shooting incident occurred almost a year ago.

former police officer armed with a knife and a pistol attacked a kindergarten, resulting in the deaths of 24 children and 12 adults.

On October 6, 2022, in the Nong Bua Lamphu province, a former police officer armed with a knife and a pistol attacked a kindergarten, resulting in the deaths of 24 children and 12 adults.

an armed soldier killed 29 visitors at the Terminal 21 shopping center in the Nakhon Ratchasima province.

On February 8, 2020, an armed soldier killed 29 visitors at the Terminal 21 shopping center in the Nakhon Ratchasima province.

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