Thai police arrest suspect after gunshots fired in Bangkok shopping centre

Thai police on Tuesday arrested a suspected gunman after reports of a shooting in a luxury shopping centre in central Bangkok, media reported on Tuesday.

Police said they were taking control of the situation at Siam Paragon. An emergency response team said at least one person was injured.

Local broadcaster Channel 3 reported sounds similar to gunfire were heard inside, coming from a bathroom in the mall.

In a post on the social media platform X, Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin said he had ordered the police chief Torsak Sukwimol to head to the scene to “thoroughly” inspect ongoing operations.

Video and still images posted on social media appeared to show a man in a black shirt and camouflage pants with a gun in his hand, the English-language newspaper said.

Footage also showed shoppers hurriedly leaving the mall located along the capital’s main shopping district.

Television showed long queues of traffic outside the mall in torrential rain.

The overhead walkway connecting Siam Paragon to other malls in the area as well as the Siam metro station connected to the mall were closed off, with the city’s metro line not stopping at the station.

Gun violence is common in Thailand. A former police officer last year killed 22 children in a nursery during a gun-and-knife rampage, while in 2020 a soldier shot and killed at least 29 people and wounded 57 in a rampage that spanned four locations in and around the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

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