Bullying behind South Korea soldier's deadly shooting spree: Military police

South Korean soldiers stand guard at a temporary checkpoint during a search for the South Korean conscript soldier who was on the run after a shooting incident, in Goseong on June 22, 2014. A military police investigation into the deadly shootin
South Korean soldiers stand guard at a temporary checkpoint during a search for the South Korean conscript soldier who was on the run after a shooting incident, in Goseong on June 22, 2014. A military police investigation into the deadly shooting rampage by an army sergeant last month showed that the 22-year-old went on the attack after being ignored and bullied by his superiors and comrades. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL - A military police investigation into the deadly shooting rampage by an army sergeant last month showed the 22-year-old went on the attack after being ignored and bullied by his superiors and comrades.

Announcing the results of its one-month probe on Tuesday, the military police also said the sergeant, identified only by his surname Lim, was suspected of having planned the alleged crime for about four hours and committed it on his own, Yonhap news agency reported.

Five people were killed and seven wounded in the rampage.

On June 21, Lim detonated a grenade and fired on his comrades at the outpost near the tensely guarded inter-Korean border. Two days after fleeing the scene with his rifle and a stash of ammunition, he was captured after a botched suicide attempt.

"Sgt. Lim planned the shooting rampage at around 4 pm that day after being enraged by caricatures his fellow soldiers drew of him on the back of the patrol log," Yonhap quoted Brig. Seon Jong Chul, chief of the army police, as saying.

"Though Lim was not the only person who was being made fun of with such drawings, they had been a source of agony for Lim," he added.

The sergeant was described "as such characters as Sponge Bob, which is being off the wall and naive," according to Seon.

"At the time of the rampage, Lim also aimed at specific colleagues, rather than shooting at random," he added.

The suspect also told investigators that he "cannot live even after being discharged and had originally planned to take his own life after killing his comrades", according to Yonhap.

He had been scheduled to be discharged in September.

Earlier this month, Lim was formally arrested on multiple charges including murder, attempted murder, and stealing military equipment.

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