6 June 2024

The 14-year-old suspect in the shopping mall shooting has been sent to the Galya Rajanagarindra Institute for 5 days for psychiatric assessment by specialists, Komol Prompeng, deputy director-general of the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection said today (Friday).

While the boy was at the department’s welfare home, he rarely spoke, did not feel like eating and appeared to be worried, but did not cry, according to Siriprakai Worapreecha, another deputy director-general, who consulted medical personnel at the Galya Rajanagarindra Institute about how to deal with the boy.

She said that she will inform the Juvenile and Family Court that the boy needs to be observed by specialists to determine the correct treatment protocol.

Armed with a modified blank-firing pistol and dressed in tactical wear, the boy went on a shooting spree at Siam Paragon shopping mall on Tuesday, killing one Chinese and a Myanmar national and injuring five other people. Police say he appeared to be suffer from hallucinations and did not speak coherently under questioning.

Two men were arrested in Yala province yesterday for allegedly selling the modified Glock 19 replica pistol used in the shooting to the boy.