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Phayao gunmen kills 3, then himself

Jack Burton

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4 people including a 5 year old girl are dead, after a man went on a shooting spree last night in the Chiang Kham district of the upper northeastern province of Phayao. Another man was wounded before the gunman took his own life. Police say the fatal rampage began about 8:10pm at a house in Ban Nong Ha, in tambon Rom Yen. The gunman was 51 year old Yuthana Riewsakulchart.

Yuthana went to the house alone, carrying a shotgun, and methodically shot the 4 people inside. 3 people were killed instantly: 37 year old Pongthep Riewsakulchart, his 34 year old wife Supaporn Sae Chao, and their 5 year old daughter Kalayaporn Riewsakulchart. Another man, 40 year old Songpol Kitkaranphit, was wounded. Pongthep was Yuthana’s stepson. The gunman was married to married his mother, Moey.

Police say after the killing spree Yuthana went to a local helicopter landing pad, about 300 metres from the house, and shot himself dead. His body was found lying near the landing zone with the shotgun by his side.

The wounded man was taken to Chiang Kham Hospital.

Local residents told police that Yuthana and Pongthep had a dispute over a coffee business.

Phayao gunmen kills 3, then himself | News by Thaiger Phayao gunmen kills 3, then himself | News by Thaiger

SOURCES: Bangkok Post | Siamrath

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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