Thai police were hunting on Friday for a masked assailant who went on a shooting spree at a shopping mall, killing three people, including a 2-year-old boy, and wounding four others as he robbed a jewellery store.
Security camera footage from the Thursday night spree at a Robinson mall in Lopburi province, about 145 kilometres north of Bangkok, showed a man wearing a ski mask, camouflage pants and a backpack across his chest shooting a customer at the shop and a sales clerk.
The man, carrying a handgun with a suppressor attached, then vaults on the jewellery store counter and grabbed several trays of gold necklaces. A separate security camera video showed the toddler walking hand-in-hand with an adult near the jewellery store when he fell limp to the ground.
‘The robber was merciless. We are looking for him in every place. Please trust us, we will definitely get this man and bring him to justice,’ Regional police commander Lieutenant General Ampol Buaruppon said, adding police were authorised to use lethal force if he resisted arrest.
The parents of the toddler, who was shot in the head and died after being rushed to a hospital, posted a message to their deceased son on their Facebook page.
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