‘Drug addict’ teen shot dead in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Police are investigating after an alleged drug addict and gang member was shot dead at his house in Nakhon Si Thammarat province on Wednesday night.
The Si Chon district police, called to the scene at 9pm, found Sarawut Wichaikul, 19, with gunshot wounds to the left eye and forehead in his bedroom at his mother’s house.
They also found three zip-lock bags of crystal meth (“ice”) together weighing five grams and a pipe for smoking the drug.
The district’s police chief said Sarawut was suspected of being involved with a drug gang, and that teenagers visited him at the house on a daily basis.
Police suspect the murder stemmed from a drugs-related dispute. immediately warned them to stay put as they were close to an 80-metre precipice and could easily fall.
Rescuers then dispatched four-wheel pickups. The trucks drove four kilometres from a forestry checkpoint and rescuers then walked 800 metres to reach the students.
Plucked from the forest to the safety of the tourism office, members of the group cheered, cried and hugged officials in appreciation.
Supakorn said the Huay Tueng Tao Reservoir normally closes at 6pm, when officials check whether all visitors have returned from the forest. But the exchange students had gone off on their own without informing authorities first, so officials had no idea they were there until they called the tourist police.