Bangkok : A mass shooting at a childcare centre on Thursday in Thailand’s Nong Bua Lamphu province has killed at least 36 people , including 24 children , local authorities said .
The victims included 24 children and 12 adults , according to a report posted on the Facebook page of the provincial public relations department , An- other 12 people were reportedly injured . The shooting occurred at around 12:40 p.m. local time ( 0540 GMT ) , local police said . The attacker , reportedly a 34 – year – old former police officer , later killed his family members before taking his own life , Kornwit Nitkhamhan , deputy inspector at Na Klang Police Station where the childcare centre is located .
” About the horrifying incident , I would like to ex tend my deepest condolences to the families of the dead and injured , ” Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chancha wrote on his Facebook account , adding that he has ordered the national police chief to ” fast track an investigation .
” TV footage showed ambulances and families of the victims gathering outside the childcare centre . A woman told a local TV programme that they were having lunch when she heard the sound and saw the injured falling to the ground . The shooter broke the window in as the door was locked , and succeeded in fleeing the scene , she said .
Many locals rushed to the Nong Bua Lamphu provincial hospital in response to its urgent call for blood donation for the injured .