(BBC) – At least 12 people have been shot dead and many injured by a Thai soldier in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima (also known as Korat), police say.
A defence ministry spokesman told BBC Thai that Jakraphanth Thomma, a junior officer, had attacked his commanding officer before stealing a gun and ammunition from a military camp.
He then opened fire at a Buddhist temple and at a shopping centre in the city, north-east of Bangkok.
The suspect is still at large.
Local media footage appears to show the suspect getting out of a Humvee-type vehicle in front of the Terminal 21 shopping centre in the Muang district and firing shots as people flee.
Other footage showed a fire outside the building, with some reports saying it was caused by a gas canister that exploded when shot at. One of the suspect’s social media posts features an image of himself with the fire in the background.
Authorities have sealed off the centre as they try to track down the suspect, who is said to be inside the building. Police have warned people to stay at home.