Pathum Thani –
An alleged gunman who reportedly intruded upon a field hospital and killed a Covid-19 patient in the Pathum Thani province during the earlier hours of this morning, June 24th, has been found hiding at a relative’s house in the Ranong province.
As of 03.15 AM., Pratunam Chulalongkorn Police Station of the Chulalongkorn Pathum Thani Provincial Police was alerted of a shooting at a Covid-19 field hospital located at the National Institute on Drug Abuse Treatment in the Thanyaburi District. A male patient was discovered dead at the scene.
The suspect was observed via CCTV, reportedly wearing a military-like uniform with a red beret and walking calmly into the hospital entrance with a cigarette and a gun in his hands.
According to the initial investigation, the alleged shooter was an ex-conscript who has been discharged from the military since 2019 and has been experiencing some mental difficulties and disorders.
The suspect was also identified by his family members who stated that the suspect had also shot and killed a convenience store employee in the Bangkok area before committing the shooting incident in Pathum Thani. Motives in both homicides have not yet been revealed.
His white pick-up truck and its license plate were tracked and discovered to have traveled to the Southern Ranong area by highway police officers at around 10:00 AM. His vehicle was later found at a house, reportedly to be his relative’s, in the Muaeng Ranong district half an hour later.
As of 11:00 AM., the police now surrounded the house to put pressure on the retired soldier who reportedly remained inside the house. They did not yet approach inside as they were waiting for him to calm himself down.
As of press time, he was reportedly holding his relative hostage. We will provide further updates on this story as it is developing here.
As of 1:40 PM., the alleged gunman has surrendered to the police after two hours of negotiation. He is now under police custody for further investigation and legal proceedings.
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