Korat, Thailand – It was an important Buddhist holiday, so the back gate of the forest temple was open. And it was the perfect place for an attack.
A Thai soldier who had already killed three people took the stolen military humby to the temple grounds and parked inside the gate, which was partially hidden by the trees. Upon seeing the two monks who had left the leaves, they saw that he was there for some military purpose, and continued their attack.
The deadly outburst of the soldier on Saturday began in retaliation against certain people who thought he had done wrong to him. However, the temple, Wat Pa Sattarum, turned it into something bigger and worse. It was here that he started capturing random strangers, including children.
Everyone said, Sergeant. Major Zakrapath Thoma killed 29 and injured 58, most of them went to the temple after shopping and left Thailand in mourning and mourning. Unable to move the pictures to remind them, survivors ask what might have motivated him, and wonder why they were attacked or why they were saved.
“He looks at me when he is carrying a gun,” said one of the two monks, Fera Pom Surusoko, who witnessed a lot of bloodshed. “He could have stopped shooting me and calling the police if he wished.”
On Tuesday, Thai Army Chief General Ephirat Kongsampong apologized for the mass shooting and described it as “Sathiyan Khwan”, which felt the incident.
“I would like to apologize for being the head of the army and say that I am deeply sorry for the incident that a staff member of the army has caused,” he said at a news conference occasionally wiping away tears.
He admits that as it was said that Sergeant Major was initially inspired Financial conflicts with the family of his superior officer. But, he said, “The second culprit who kills the trigger, at that moment, he is a criminal and no longer a soldier.”
The army chief said a senior officer, a colonel and his family-run business, would be investigating whether to buy homes for the soldiers and provide housing loans and other high-ranking officials. The gunman told friends that the Colonel’s family refused to pay him the money owed from such an agreement.
At a meeting Saturday, Sergeant Major Colonel and his mother-in-law shot and wounded the property agent. He then went to an arsenal to steal Humvee, killed a guard and also stole weapons and ammunition.
Until now, there is no indication of why a sergeant marched to the Temple of Major Zakrapath, a wooden shrine established for the peace and solitude of the monks away from the troubles of modern life, and turned his fierce anger upon the people there.
As the two raking monks looked from afar, the sergeant began to load ammunition into the Major’s arms. He took his time and kept a watchful eye around him.
“He was not intimidated,” said one of the monks, Brother Mansouin Teranguero.
Pom Pom shot a video of a gunman from about 50 yards away. Sergeant Major fired 10 rounds on the other side and the monk bolted and captured his own moving shadow on the video.
The gunmen opened fire outside the temple gate and sprayed cars, buildings and bullets.
In the temple grounds, the first to die was a pharmacist who was driven to the bronze herd and was about to depart. As he was leaving, the sergeant shot him and his car hit a tree. His son was injured while riding with him.
The next victim was a 13-year-old boy on a motorcycle who was driving toward the gate. The gunmen waited until the boy came to his side and then shot him several times, Ferra Pom said. As the boy fell to the ground, he shot him in the head.
During this time, Ferra Pam, 3, called police and, 24-year-old Ferra Mansouin, rushed to the front gate to try to stop other cars from entering the field. But the vehicles kept coming.
A police car arrived, the sirens were belching, and left at the back gate. The gunman waited and killed two accused, a police officer and a police volunteer, before getting out of the car.
An SUV approached and Fara Palm screamed as loud as he could to stop the car, but it overtook him.
Sergeant Major stood in the middle of the street. The SUV stopped and he fired with a windshield. He fired a tire and then opened the door and fired at the driver and his four passengers, turning around at the point-blank range. Only one survived.
Outside the back gate, 14-year-old Tirawat Watcherwan was riding a car with a friend on the way to the temple, when he saw a car, a motorcycle and a police car parked on the road.
He then saw the gunmen show their weapons towards them.
“I saw him pointing his gun at my driver,” he said. “I immediately screamed ‘He’s about to shoot you!'”
His friend quickly overturned the car and fired two shots at the car, injuring two others and instructing him to duck. The 6-year-old man was shot in both legs and the driver was shot twice.
For days, Tirawat could not forget the image of a girl who was seen lying near the gate with a bullet shot in her head.
“He refused to close his eyes for the first two days,” said his aunt’s daughter-in-law Occhariavin. “Whenever he tried to close his eyes, he said the image of a girl with a bullet hole started to appear. It was very obvious. “
When the siren sounded and the police began to come close, Sergeant Major packed his weapons and pulled out the main gate of the temple, an easy escape route to the main road.
He drove to Terminal 20 Mall, which was packed with people over the weekend and continued his shooting, killing 16 people there the next morning before police shot him.
For the past few days, two monks have wondered why the gunman who had so much potential to shoot them left them alone? Perhaps it was because they were monks – killing people in the temple was already enough karma, and even on an important Buddhist holiday, Makha Butcher’s day was worse.
“He probably wanted to die here,” said Fr Pom.
The two monks got a different meaning from what they saw.
Seeing more parts of the murder, Ferra Pom said he woke up almost at night. When he looks out the window of his place of residence, he sees where the murder took place.
“I can barely sleep,” she said. “I visit the site and meditate and pray for the love and kindness of their spirits.”
Ferrara Mansouine takes a more deadly approach.
“Death is normal. It’s a part of life, “he said. “But if we focus on it, it will upset our hearts and we, too, will suffer.”