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Phone connection: Authorities surround soldier who went on shooting spree in Goseong

Updated: 2014-06-22 18:17:52 (KST)
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Military authorities have surrounded a Korean soldier who fled after a deadly shooting yesterday and was in a shootout with the military earlier today.
For details, we now connect live on the phone with our Kim Hyun-bin.
Hyun-bin, what can you tell us about the current situation?

Daniel.
The soldier, a South Korean Army sergeant known only by his surname Lim, was found today at a location ten kilometers east of Goseong, which is on the inter-Korean border, at 2:17 p.m. local time.
Six minutes later, he engaged in a shootout with authorities.
One army officer says ten rounds were shot, leaving approximately 60 rounds in the magazine of the weapon he is carrying.
Access to the area is blocked and all area residents have been ordered to evacuate.
Lim's parents were brought in earlier in the day to try to convince him to surrender.
The military says that if Lim does not surrender, they may have to take extreme measures to end the situation.

What is the motive behind the shootings?

The motive for the shootings is as yet unknown but the defense ministry has set up a crisis management team to deal with the situation.
What we do know is that Lim went on a shooting spree at the border post in Goseong on Saturday night, killing five and wounding seven before fleeing.
The seven wounded soldiers were taken to a nearby hospital and are currently undergoing treatment.
A platoon leader was injured in the shooting today, bringing the total number of injured to eight.
He is also being treated at a hospital near the scene.

The defense ministry said that Lim threw a grenade and fired off several rounds with his K-2 rifle a few minutes after he was done with his guard duty Saturday night.
Lim then deserted his post, leaving with a grenade, a semi-automatic K-2 rifle and 75 rounds of ammunition.
Army officers say that Lim was on the list of people who require special attention, as he had difficulty adapting to military life.
This is Kim Hyun-bin, reporting about the shootings in Goseong.


Reporter : hyunbin@arirang.co.kr

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