Mass Shooting at Child-Care Center in Thailand Leaves at Least 36 Dead


October 08, 2022

By: Mariah Fritz

In northeastern Thailand, a former police officer opened fire inside a child-care center, then stabbed people with a knife, and continued on the street shooting as he drove away. The attack left at least 36 dead, including 24 children, according to police and the Wall Street Journal.

Police identified the gunman as 34-year-old Panya Kamrab. He committed suicide and killed his wife and child after the shooting, police said. Kamrab was discharged from the police force back in June after he was caught and arrested for the possession of methamphetamine. In a news conference, Thailand’s national police chief, Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapat, said that Kamrab was scheduled to appear in court on Friday for a hearing connected to the drug-possession charge.

 

Kamrab started his attack in the early afternoon on Thursday, and began to shoot with his 9mm gun and stabbed people in the child-care center. At least 24 people were killed at the center, then Kamrab went on to shoot more people on the streets while driving home, according to police. It was later on that security forces discovered Kamrab and his family dead inside their home.

The gun used in the attack was owned by Kamrab, and had been bought illegally, the police chief confirmed. This attack occurred in the Nong Bua Lamphu province, a northeastern part of Thailand. WSJ reported that “It surpasses the toll of the last major shooting of this scale in the country in 2020, when a soldier killed at least 29 people and holed himself up in a shopping mall before being shot dead by security forces.”

Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayuth Chan-Ocha, released a Facebook post where he expressed sorrow and condolences to the families affected, and said he had ordered all relevant government agencies to help victims’ families and all people affected by the attack. Chan-Ocha is expected to travel to the area on Friday.