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Man seeks rifle, threatens shooting spree in Facebook post

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PHOTO: Police question 22 year old Natthapong Jalaebram over his Facebook post - Chiang Rai Times

A 22 year old man has reported to police [location undisclosed] and faces charges after a Facebook post saying he wanted to buy a rifle for a shooting spree at shopping mall. Natthapong Jalaebram, known on Facebook as Ring HR, was accompanied by relatives when he reported.

Thai media report that Nattahpong posted: “Wanting to buy an AK or an M16 rifle for not more than 100,000 baht. I will use it for a shooting spree at Taweekit Buriram 555.’’ Frightened netizens alerted police, who quickly tracked him down via Facebook and learned his real name.

Man seeks rifle, threatens shooting spree in Facebook post | News by Thaiger

IMAGE: – Facebook screen capture

Natthapong allegedly admitted to making the post, claiming he was drunk and posted the threat as a joke. He later deleted the message.

He said he had closely followed last week’s shooting rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima province on the news. The gunman’s rampage claimed 30 lives, including the shooter, and left 58 people wounded. Police say Natthapong is sorry he posted the message.

Natthapong is charged with violating the Computer Crimes Act and threatening others. He is being held in police custody for legal action.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

 

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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