Tragedy Strikes Bangkok: 14-Year-Old Apprehended in Mall Shooting

03.10.2023 posted by Admin

Bangkok Mall Shooting: Teen Suspect Apprehended

Thai authorities apprehended a 14-year-old individual following a tragic shooting incident at a shopping mall in the heart of Bangkok on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of at least three lives and injuries to four others.

The young suspect was detained with a firearm, and Thailand's Central Investigation Bureau is currently in the process of assessing the precise number of casualties resulting from the incident.

This horrifying event unfolded at approximately 5 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) within the premises of the Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok, as confirmed by Police Colonel Noppadol Thiammekha, the Chief of Pathum Wan Police, in a statement to CNN.

In comparison to neighboring countries, Thailand boasts a relatively high rate of gun ownership among its populace. Data from the Switzerland-based Small Arms Survey (SAS) in 2017 revealed that over 10.3 million civilians in Thailand possess firearms, equating to approximately 15 firearms for every 100 individuals. Remarkably, around 6.2 million of these firearms are legally registered, according to SAS.

It is worth noting that Thailand ranks second in terms of gun-related homicides in Southeast Asia, trailing behind the Philippines, according to data from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington, as per the 2019 Global Burden of Disease database.

However, despite the relatively high prevalence of firearms in the country, mass shootings are infrequent occurrences in Thailand. An exception to this trend occurred in October 2022 when a devastating attack involving firearms and knives at a childcare center in northeastern Thailand resulted in the tragic loss of at least 36 lives.

This horrifying incident in Nong Bua Lamphu province was regarded as one of the deadliest of its kind in the nation's history.
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