February 9, 2020 / 8:19 AM / 9 days ago

What we know about the mass shooter in Thailand

NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand (Reuters) - At least 29 people were killed and dozens were wounded in an 18-hour shooting spree in northeastern Thailand that ended in an overnight standoff at a busy shopping mall.

What is known about the attacker:

** The shooter has been identified by authorities as 32-year-old soldier Jakrapanth Thomma.

** He worked at an army base about 250 km (155 miles) from Bangkok.

** Jakrapanth was a sharp shooter and took many special courses on attacking, including planning ambushes, army sources said.

** He was involved in a dispute over a house sale with a relative of his commanding officer, according to the Thai prime minister and police.

** Hours before the attack began on Saturday, he had posted on Facebook denouncing greedy people who took advantage of others. “Do they think they can spend the money in hell?”

** After the attack began, he posted: “Death is inevitable for everyone” and said his fingers were cramping. Facebook then cut off his account.

Reporting by Bangkok bureau; Editing by Kay Johnson, Simon Cameron-Moore and Frances Kerry

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