A FORMER policeman drove up in a pickup truck to a child care centre in Nong Bua Lamphu province this afternoon (Oct. 6) and opened fire at both adults and children there killing over 30 with the majority being children, Sanook.com said.
It was later reported that the suspect, Pol. Lt. Col. Panya Khamrab, a non-official policeman, had returned home and shot himself along with his wife and child to death, Thai Rath newspaper said.
National police chief Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas quickly flew to the upper northeastern province to oversee the hunt for the shooter, who was to have been discharged from government service, while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha too had been informed.
In escaping in his white four-door Vigo pickup truck with registration plate number 6 Kor Thor 6499 he continued shooting intermittently.
The public was urged to look out for this vehicle and call police hotline 191 if they spot it.
The ex-policeman who killed over 30 people at a child care centre, top, and licence plate of the vehicle he drove, second below. The Thai headline says, “Random shooting at Nong Bua Lamphu.” Photos: Sanook.com
The shooter with his wife and child, first below and Front Page. Photo: Thai Rath