Breaking news: Three shot dead, five injured by teenage gunman inside Siam Paragon (video)

UPDATE: Three people have been reportedly shot dead and at least five people were injured today by a teenage gunman on the rampage at Siam Paragon Mall in Bangkok.

Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) officers swiftly responded to the scene, where one officer successfully apprehended the alleged gunman, a 14 year old boy at 5.06pm inside the luxury Siam Paragon Mall in the Thai capital.

The suspect is allegedly a teenage boy named Indy. A photograph below shows the boy in handcuffs, wearing the same combat trousers as seen in an earlier photo of an armed man.

Prior to his apprehension, the gunman reportedly discharged shots within the luxury shopping destination.

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In response to reports of “loud sounds,” Siam Paragon Mall temporarily closed its doors, as video clips circulated on social media depicting people evacuating the premises.

Initial accounts suggest that the gunfire from the perpetrator originated in a restroom on the ground floor. Some shoppers sought refuge within stores throughout Siam Paragon.

Breaking news: Three shot dead, five injured by teenage gunman inside Siam Paragon (video) | News by Thaiger
Police arrest the alleged gunman in Siam Paragon. Picture by @dogduckbear

Breaking news: Three shot dead, five injured by teenage gunman inside Siam Paragon (video) | News by Thaiger

On Twitter, one user issued a warning.

“There’s a shooting incident in Siam Paragon. To anyone going or planning to go there, please avoid it at this moment. Stay safe everyone.”

Another user shared a video from inside the shopping mall, where the sound of gunshots could be heard in the background.

“There must be so many people stuck inside.”

Liu Shiying, a Chinese tourist inside the mall, provided information to the AP, recounting how people fled upon hearing reports of gunfire. She noted that an alarm within the mall rang out, and the lights abruptly went out. Currently, she remains in a secure location within the mall.

“We’re temporarily hiding. Who dares to go out?”

Reportedly, the Bangkok Skytrain Siam Station, situated adjacent to the mall, has also been closed.

Thai netizens extended their condolences to the victims’ families and raised questions regarding the accessibility of firearms and the lenient punishments often given to young suspects in Thailand.

This is a developing story, and further updates will follow as they become available.

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Bob Scott is an experienced writer and editor with a passion for travel. Born and raised in Newcastle, England, he spent more than 10 years in Asia. He worked as a sports writer in the north of England and London before relocating to Asia. Now he resides in Bangkok, Thailand, where he is the Editor-in-Chief for The Thaiger English News. With a vast amount of experience from living and writing abroad, Bob Scott is an expert on all things related to Asian culture and lifestyle.

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