At least 34 people, mostly children were killed on Thursday after a former police officer stormed a child-care center in northeastern Thailand, authorities said.
The gunman armed with a shotgun, a pistol and a knife, opened fire on children and adults at the centre in Nong Bua Lamphu province at about 12:30 pm according to authorities.
He fled the scene after the attack and went home where he killed his wife and child before taking his own life, police said.
Nineteen boys, three girls and two adults were killed in the building before the gunman fled, according to a police statement. Photos and videos of the scene posted online showed sleeping mats scattered in a preschool room, and floor smeared with blood.
According to Thai media reports, the gunman also used knives in the attack.
After fleeing, he continued to shoot from his car, hitting several people, police Maj. Gen. Paisal Luesomboon told the Associated Press.
Police said a total of two children and 10 adults died outside the child-care center, including the gunman, his wife and his son.
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