Man charged after shots fired from house

Man charged after shots fired from house

Jakkrit Songkul (right) at  Nang Rong police station in Buri Ram province after his arrest. He fired more than 40 shots with a handgun in a community late on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Surachai Piragsa)
Jakkrit Songkul (right) at Nang Rong police station in Buri Ram province after his arrest. He fired more than 40 shots with a handgun in a community late on Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Surachai Piragsa)

BURI RAM: A man has been hit with four charges after firing dozens of shots with a handgun from his house in a community in Nang Rong district on Sunday.

The man, identified as Jakkrit Songkul, 31, surrendered to police after they surrounded his house at Wat Khun Kong community in Nang Rong Municipality after reports at least 40 shots had been fired between 4pm and 6pm. 

Pol Col Pakawat Thamdee, the Nang Rong police chief, said Mr Jakkrit admitted to having fired many shots from a 9mm pistol, and explained that he was venting his anger after having an argument with a relative. He could not remember how many times he had fired, but insisted he had no intention to harm anyone.

The man also confessed to have taken methamphetamine before the shooting.

Police searched his house and also found a shotgun. Mr Jakrit said both the 9mm pistol and the shotgun belonged to his step father, a retired police officer.

He was initially charged with having firearms in possession without permission, carrying a firearm in public without permission, firing a gun in a community or a public place without reason, and using an illicit drug.



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