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Gunman kills mayoral candidate, injures 4 other municipal candidates at funeral



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UPDATE: Recent reports say 6 people were injured in the shooting. The suspect has surrendered to police.

A gunman shot and killed a woman running for mayor and wounded 4 others at a funeral in Ratchaburi, a province west of Bangkok near the Myanmar border. Police say they suspect the shooting was politically motivated. Out of the 4 people injured, 3 were running in the March 28 municipal election while another was the kamnan, a government official of a tambon, which is a sub district.

The gunman is still at large, but police say they suspect the shooter is Wanchart Niamraksa, a member of the Ratchaburi provincial administration organisation.

The gunman opened fire just as the kamnan of tambon Don Sai, Yingpan Kanket, was lighting candles and incense sticks under a Buddha image to start the ceremony, witnesses say. Shots were fired from behind the main Buddha image at the temple’s open prayer hall, witnesses say.

Bullets hit 5 people, including Yingpan who is in critical condition. Varaporn Niamraksa, who was running for mayor of the municipality, was shot and died at the hospital. Nakhon Wanpen, Somthawil Srirat and Monthien Jaitham, who are all running for the municipal council of tambon Don Sai, were shot.

Police found 2 spent .22 cartridges and a 11mm spent shell at the scene. The suspect faces charges of murder, attempted murder, carrying firearms and ammunition without permission and carrying them in public without a proper reason.

SOURCES: Nation Thailand | Bangkok Post


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  1. Stardust

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

    Politic by the gun, who shot first win. Same with coups, poltic by guns and tanks. This kind of mentality and corruption will destroy the country.

  2. funny coz its true

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:48 am

    Democracy in Thailand as usual

  3. Harvy

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:55 am

    Get it right Stardust, this kind of mentality and corruption has destroy the world. It’s not just Thailand it’s humanity.

  4. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 11:45 am

    Democracy Thai style.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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