South Korean military exchanges gunfire with soldier suspected of killing 5

South Korean soldiers take their positions in a search for a sergeant who is on the run after allegedly shooting five of his comrades in Goseong.

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  • The military encountered the man near a checkpoint
  • Gunfire erupted after soldiers surrounded him

The South Korean military exchanged gunfire with a soldier suspected of killing five of his comrades, a defense ministry official said Sunday.

The military encountered the man identified as Sgt Lim near a checkpoint in northeastern Gangwon province, where the base shooting occurred a day earlier.

Gunfire erupted after the military surrounded him.

About 60 shots rang out. The man's parents are there to persuade him to surrender, CNN affiliate YTN reported.

One platoon leader was injured during the gunfight, according to YTN.

The man allegedly shot his comrades near the heavily fortified demilitarized zone bordering North Korea.

Authorities said he used a K2, a semiautomatic rifle that is a standard South Korean army weapon. It is similar to the U.S. military's standard weapon, the M16.