In a tragic incident, a man accidentally shot his cousin and her two year old daughter, mistaking them for intruders. The shooting resulted in the death of the woman, while the child was critically injured and is currently receiving treatment in intensive care.
The shooting incident occurred last night at 9.30pm in a longan plantation in the central province of Chantaburi. Officers from Baan Plaeng Police Station and a rescue team were called to the scene and found two victims. One of them, a 32 year old woman named Wachira, was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other victim, her daughter, was seriously injured.
The plantation owner, Choosak, admitted to being the gunman. He explained that he was sitting in front of his house, which was located on the plantation when he heard someone walking on his land. Believing them to be thieves, he fired shots into the plantation to scare them off.
Upon checking, he discovered that the two individuals he hit were his cousin and niece. Choosak said he was shocked by what had happened and tried to compose himself, quickly sending his niece to a nearby hospital before returning to the scene to meet with the police officers.
The police reported that Choosak will be questioned in detail to confirm his claim and that further evidence will be gathered at the scene before prosecution.
This incident follows a similar one last month, where a Thai man shot and killed his best friend in the forest while hunting together, mistaking him for a wild boar. The gunman cried during questioning by the police and blamed himself for the death of his friend.
Some locals in the area believe that both incidents may be related to the forest’s paranormal power and evil spirits, as a similar incident occurred just 2 kilometres away from the recent shooting.
In both cases, the gunmen are expected to be charged with Section 290 of the Criminal Law for unintentional murder, which carries a punishment of imprisonment for three to 15 years.
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