Korean Soldier on Killing Spree Caught After Suicide Attempt

D-Bo , June 24, 2014, 8:48 a.m.

A Korean soldier who went on a killing spree has been apprehended after killing five soldiers and injuring nine others at a border outpost.  The Army sergeant, identified by his last name, Lim, was caught after a botched suicide attempt in the mountain side of Goseong," Gangwon Province.

Lim faced off with troops while being chased down to a town about 10 km away from his unit. He was surrounded by 7 a.m. on Monday as military authorities tried to capture him alive. 

Lim reportedly left a note complaining about being ostracized by his unit and apologizing to the families of those he killed, before turning his K-2 assault rifle on himself.  Lim shot himself between his left chest and shoulder.

A Defense Ministry official said Lim “was captured and taken to hospital after he tried to kill himself at around 2:55 p.m. while hiding out on a mountain near Goseong," Gangwon Province. He was conscious but bleeding heavily.

His father and older brother arrived at the scene and tried to convince him to surrender, but Lim refused, apparently telling them he had done something so terrible that he would face the death sentence anyway.  Military police are now investigating what led to his shooting spree.

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