Suspected Thai solider kills at least 17, remains at-large inside mall

Suspected Thai solider kills at least 17, remains at-large inside mall originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

At least 17 people are dead and 21 injured in Thailand, allegedly at the hands of a Thai soldier, according to police and local media outlets.

Police said the shooting took place in the Nakhon Ratchasima province and that the alleged culprit is still in the Terminal 21 mall. The situation is ongoing, according to a police spokesperson.

PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 handout shows a wanted poster for Jakrapanth Thomma, a Thai soldier, wanted in connection to a deadly attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in which many people were killed. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 handout shows a wanted poster for Jakrapanth Thomma, a Thai soldier, wanted in connection to a deadly attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in which many people were killed. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 handout shows a wanted poster for Jakrapanth Thomma, a Thai soldier, wanted in connection to a deadly attack in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima in which many people were killed. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

People in the area are advised to take caution as police say the suspect is still shooting his gun.

Around 10:30 a.m. ET, Thai police told those who are stuck in the mall to hide in a safe place and to mute their phones.

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PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 screenshot, from a video released by the Thai Royal Police, shows a fire on the compound of the Terminal 21 shopping mall during a shooting by a Thai soldier killed multiple people, according to authorities. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 screenshot, from a video released by the Thai Royal Police, shows a fire on the compound of the Terminal 21 shopping mall during a shooting by a Thai soldier killed multiple people, according to authorities. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

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PHOTO: This Feb. 8, 2020 screenshot, from a video released by the Thai Royal Police, shows a fire on the compound of the Terminal 21 shopping mall during a shooting by a Thai soldier killed multiple people, according to authorities. (Thai Royal Police/AFP via Getty )

The solider, according to The Associated Press, said police told the outlet that the suspect allegedly shot and killed a soldier and a woman over a land dispute. The total number of gunshot victims is unclear at this time.

The alleged shooter posted messages to Facebook during the attack before his account was taken down, according to police.

"We don't know why he did this. It appears he went mad," defense ministry spokesman Kongcheep Tantrawanit said, according to Reuters.

PHOTO: A shopping mall where a shooting took place by a Thai soldier in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand, Feb. 8, 2020. (Zhang Keren/Xinhua via Newscom)

PHOTO: A shopping mall where a shooting took place by a Thai soldier in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand, Feb. 8, 2020. (Zhang Keren/Xinhua via Newscom)

PHOTO: A shopping mall where a shooting took place by a Thai soldier in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand, Feb. 8, 2020. (Zhang Keren/Xinhua via Newscom)
PHOTO: A handout photo from security video shows a suspected Thai soldier carrying a rifle as he walks to open fire during a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand on Feb. 8, 2020. (Terminal 21 Security via EPA/Shutterstock )

PHOTO: A handout photo from security video shows a suspected Thai soldier carrying a rifle as he walks to open fire during a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand on Feb. 8, 2020. (Terminal 21 Security via EPA/Shutterstock )

PHOTO: A handout photo from security video shows a suspected Thai soldier carrying a rifle as he walks to open fire during a shooting rampage at a shopping mall in Nakhon Ratchasima province, Thailand on Feb. 8, 2020. (Terminal 21 Security via EPA/Shutterstock )

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