Man accidentally shoots himself cleaning his gun

PHOTO: The gun in question fired while being cleaned.

Medics and police responded to a call last night where a man in Samut Prakan accidentally shot himself with his own gun while cleaning it. The 42 year old man, Thammarat Kaewkomonman, was found unconscious but alive, lying on the floor of the building and was rushed to Samut Prakan Hospital. He has a bullet hole on the left side of the chest, and an exit wound in his back.

Thammarat was in his home district of Muang and the gun accident occurred in a commercial building there. His 17 year old son was with his friends playing a video game in the room when they heard the bang of a gunshot.

His dad had been cleaning his CMMG Mk4 3GR rifle on the other side of the room. He owned this gun, which was legal and properly registered, as well as 6 BB guns that were on display in a showcase mounted on the wall. His son said his father was a gun enthusiast and collector.

The gun Thammarat had been cleaning had not been checked to confirm it was unloaded before the accident. 4 cartridges were still loaded, along with the spent shell that shot him. The gun went off, and his son turned from his game to find his father lying unconscious on the floor with the gunshot wound in his chest, having accidentally shot himself.

His son called the police for help around 10 pm. The hospital reports that Thammarat was seriously wounded. An investigation is ongoing.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Neill Fronde

Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10+ years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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