Another shoot­ing case in Bangkok

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - Front Page -

BANGKOK: Thai po­lice ar­rested a lo­cal man who fired mul­ti­ple gun­shots near Chu­la­longkorn Univer­sity in Bangkok early morn­ing yes­ter­day. How­ever, no ca­su­al­ties were re­ported.

Thai po­lice ar­rested the 44-yearold man, a sports shop owner, who fired at least 40 shots in mul­ti­ple di­rec­tions since the wee hours on Fri­day in Chula Soi 10 at Pathumwan district in Bangkok.

The in­ci­dent sparked panic among the pub­lic and res­i­dents in the neigh­bor­hood with many two­s­torey shops – most of it sell­ing sport­ing equip­ment and gear – as it came just less than a week a er a rogue sol­dier killed 29 and in­jured 58 in a shoot­ing ram­page in Nakhon Ratchasima last week­end.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice Bureau Com­mis­sioner Pol Lt Gen Pakkapong Pong­pe­tra said the sus­pect sur­ren­dered and was taken to the po­lice sta­tion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“No ca­su­al­ties re­ported,” he told re­porters at the scene yes­ter­day.

It is be­lieved that the man was un­der stress, which prompted him to take his hand­gun and opened fire.

Mean­while, a taxi driver said he and a group of taxi driv­ers heard gun­shots from a roo op of the two-storey shops at around 3 am (lo­cal time) yes­ter­day.

“We saw him (aim­ing to) open fire at us… ev­ery­one started run­ning for our life,” he said.

Last Satur­day, Thai sol­dier Sergeant Ma­jor Jakra­panth Thomma, 32, was shot dead by security forces a er a shoot­ing ram­page at four lo­ca­tions in the north­east­ern city of Nakhon Ratchasima, about 250 kilo­me­tres from Bangkok, and killed 29 peo­ple in­clud­ing po­lice and army of­fi­cers and wounded 58 oth­ers.

The sol­dier killed his com­mand­ing officer and the officer’s mother-in-law over a prop­erty dis­pute, and stole weapons and am­mu­ni­tion be­fore flee­ing on a mil­i­tary jeep.

He shot his way through a Bud­dhist tem­ple be­fore go­ing to the Ter­mi­nal 21 shopping mall where he holed up for more than 12 hours.

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