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Thai police on Tuesday said they had arrested a 14-year-old suspected gunman after a shooting at a luxury mall in Bangkok. Three people were killed and four others injured, according to emergency services.

The Metropolitan Police Detective Department confirmed the arrest of a 14-year-old suspected gunman and stated that he was being questioned about the incident at the Siam Paragon mall.

An image shared by emergency services showed a police officer apprehending and handcuffing the suspect, who was lying face down on the floor.

The Central Investigation Bureau had previously shared a blurry image on their Facebook page, claiming it to be the gunman. The individual in the image was seen wearing khaki cargo pants and a baseball cap.

Various unverified videos circulated on social media, showing panicked people, including children, fleeing the Siam Paragon mall while security guards guided them to safety.

In one of the videos, people were seen seeking shelter in a darkened room inside a restaurant. Meanwhile, live television coverage showed heavy traffic outside the mall due to torrential rain.

Thailand has experienced gun violence in the past. Last year, an ex-police officer committed a mass shooting in a nursery, killing 22 children. In 2020, a soldier went on a rampage in the northeastern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, killing at least 29 people and injuring 57 others.

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin expressed concern about the incident, stating, “I am aware of the shooting event at Siam Paragon and have ordered the police to investigate. I am most worried about public safety,” in a social media post.

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