A Thai soldier who killed 20 people in a shooting spree remained holed up in the shopping mall this morning despite repeated attempts by armed police to flush the gunman out. Volleys of gunfire rang out before dawn, hours after Thai security services stormed the ground floor of the Terminal 21 mall in Nakhon Ratchasima – also known as Korat – where the gunman held out, armed with assault weapons stolen from his barracks.
Scores of stunned and terrified shoppers fled the shopping centre as police entered the mall. But it was unclear how many people remained inside the mall after police said they have taken control of the ground floor of the complex late last night. At least 10 people are in critical condition in hospital, raising fears the toll will rise.