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Gunman’s stray bullets injures clubgoers during Songkran festivities in Bangkok

Police have apprehended the perpetrator, whose name and motive are yet to be disclosed

  • Amira Waworuntu
  • 18 April 2023
Gunman’s stray bullets injures clubgoers during Songkran festivities in Bangkok

On April 17 at around 1am, Makkasan Police Station officers were notified of a shooting incident which took place in front of Onyx located in Bangkok’s popular RCA nightlife district.

Witnesses say that a man showed up and began exchanging words with a club attendee during a Songkran-related event. Soon after, things got even more heated and the man pulled out a gun, firing several shots onto the ground.

The man’s bullets that ricocheted off the floor and ended up injuring four bystanders — three men and one woman — who were then rushed to the nearby Bangkok Hospital for treatment. Another four club attendees were reported to have sustained injuries while fleeing the scene.

The area was then closed off to prevent any unauthorised entry and the remaining attendees were searched before being allowed to leave the premises.

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Officers recovered 10 spent bullet casings and have apprehended the gunman whose identity and motive are yet to be disclosed.

As with many other venues, the club was hosting a water-splashing party on Sunday, April 16 — Songkran festivities officially ended the day before.

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Unfortunately, this was not the only gun-related incident to happen during the Thai New Year holiday celebrations. On Friday, April 14, three people were killed and others were injured in a shooting that happened in the northern province of Prae.

Not so long ago in the same vicinity of RCA, police held a large-scale raid in relation to an online gambling and money laundering ring. The operation forced German DJ Sven Väth who was headlining a Retox Sessions club night to cut his set short.

Via: The Nation Thailand & Thaiger

Amira Waworuntu is Mixmag Asia’s Managing Editor, follow her on Instagram.

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