At least 30 people have been killed in a mass shooting at a child care center in Thailand.
The victims included 22 children – some as young as two – as well as adults, authorities said, adding that the gunman was a former police officer and a manhunt was underway.
However, later it was reported that the gunman had committed suicide, his wife and children.
The shooting happened in the town of Uthai Sawan in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu.
Officials said at least a dozen others were injured in the attack.
According to the Bangkok Post, the gunman is said to be armed with a gun and knife, and opened fire on the center after entrenching himself around lunchtime.
There were about 30 children inside the building at the time, district official Jidapa Boonsom said.
The first gunman shot four or five employees, including a teacher who was eight months pregnant.
“At first, people thought it was fireworks,” she said.
The gunman was fired by police forces last year for failing a drug test and is due to appear in court tomorrow, Thai media reported.
The suspect was last seen driving a white Toyota pickup with a Bangkok license plate as he fled the scene.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned all agencies to take action, a government spokesman said.