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Man surrenders after firing many shots into air in Bangkok

Thailand Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong speaks during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Kongsompong apologized and send his condolences to the families of victims of the mass shooting, conducted by Thai Army soldier on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 and confirmed the Army will compensate those who are affected by the incident.

Thailand Army Chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong speaks during a press briefing in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. Kongsompong apologized and send his condolences to the families of victims of the mass shooting, conducted by Thai Army soldier on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 and confirmed the Army will compensate those who are affected by the incident.   | Photo Credit: AP

It comes less than a week after a shooting rampage in northern Thailand by a soldier who killed 29 people.

Police took a man into custody Friday after he fired multiple gunshots into the air in central Bangkok, injuring no one less than a week after a soldier killed 29 people in shooting rampage in northeastern Thailand.

The incident in the Thai capital was related to a personal conflict, Lt. Gen. Pakkapong Pongpetra, chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told reporters.

The man was reported to have fired 20-40 shots during the incident lasting more than six hours in a residential neighborhood with small shops, many selling sporting goods, next to Chulalongkorn University.

Police had cleared the area around the building and Thai media reported a family member was brought in to try to convince him to surrender.

Last Saturday, a Thai soldier angered over a land dispute killed his commanding officer and the officer’s mother-in-law before stealing more weapons and heading to the Terminal 21 Korat mall in Nakhon Ratchasima. It comes less than a week after a shooting rampage in northern Thailand by a soldier who killed 29 people.

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