Eleven-year-old boy allegedly shoots five-year-old boy to death in Pattaya area, thought gun was a toy

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

Banglamung –

An-eleven-year-old boy shot a five–year-old boy to death with his father’s gun over the weekend in Banglamung, according to police. He reportedly thought it was a toy gun.

The Nongprue Police was notified of the incident on Saturday (March 27th) at a house in the Pong sub-district.

Police and emergency responders arrived at the house to find blood on the floor and frantic family members.

PHOTO: Sophon Cable TV (STV)

The injured five-year-old Cambodian boy, who had sustained serious injuries from a bullet wound to his head, had already been taken to a nearby hospital. He was tragically pronounced dead upon arrival.

Neighbors nearby told police there were three children including the Cambodian boy playing at the house.

The eleven-year-old boy reportedly picked up the handmade rifle of his fathers as the boy thought it was a toy rifle. He then shot the Cambodian boy in the head, thinking he was playing and not knowing the weapon was loaded.

Nongprue police said there is a still ongoing investigation, including against the father, who wasn’t named, and why he had a loaded weapon accessible in the home. Due to their ages, the children were also not named by The Pattaya News.

The two boys were not brothers but cousins according to Nongprue police.


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Goong is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Pattaya, Chonburi, and Phuket, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.