Pattaya Daily News

07 April 2011 :: 09:04:26 am 52603

Injured Teenagers Survive The Shooting

Two teenagers survived an outrageous shooting after the guns fired at them 20 times, according to surrounding witnesses
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Pattaya, 5th April 2011 [Pattaya Daily News]: At 2 a.m., Captain Theetat Tarunjan, Inspecting Officer of Sattahip Police Department was informed that two teenagers had been shot. The incident took place at Bang Sre local market (Moo.8, Bang Sre, Sattahip, Chonburi). Captain Theetat along with other police officers hurried to the scene.

At the crime scene, several people were still in shock as they witnessed the gunfire.

Ten adolescents sitting in a bronze Nissan pick-up truck were shooting another two teenagers who were on a Honda motorbike, witnesses reported, adding that the guns fired about 20 times.

Surrounding residents immediately took the teenage victims to Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital after the shooters left.
The shooters actually returned to the scene later on, after the victims were taken to the hospital, a witness said.
Nearby houses and properties were damaged including the two parked cars dented with bullet holes.

One of the victims, Mr. Chatchai or Te Charoenwong, 19, (Bangsre, Sattahip, Chonburi) was shot once in his left shoulder.

Those ten teenagers had been following the motorbike for a long distance and then suddenly started shooting, Mr. Chatchai reported.

The other victim was Mr. Jitpong or Boat Rakkwamngam, 19, (Sattahip, Chonburi). The bullet grazed his head as it hit him at an oblique angle.

Mr. Jitpong believed his survival was recognised as the spiritual blessing of his Tooyoo-monk amulet.
However, after careful investigation the police discovered the criminal background of Mr. Jitpong or Boat, who was previously arrested for attempted murder.

The criminal record showed that Mr. Jitpong and his accomplice were accused of shooting three people on 31 March at around 2.45 a.m. The victims included (1) a Navy officer, Mr. Ekkarin Ruengarom, 25, of Petty Officer First Class; (2) an insurance sales representative, Mr. Teeradetch Chamapakpimol, 21, and (3) a vocational student, Mr. Pakorn Kuntongpan or Tong ,18. The shooting occurred at Thepprasat Temple, Sattahip.

Officer Ekkarin and Mr. Teeradetch died while Mr. Pakorn was injured.

Mr. Jitpong and his accomplice were both on trial but pleaded not guilty in court.

Police General, Somchai Suntanwanic believed that this shooting was violent and dangerous especially as it had occurred in a crowded residential area.

Fortunately nobody was seriously injured, he added.

The shooters who were possibly former convicts, fired at the teens as a way to gain power and status among local teenage gangs, General Somchai commented.

The police refused to give further information in order to protect the case.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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