Man shot dead in Bueng Kan hospital

Man shot dead in Bueng Kan hospital

Gunman arrested in Kalasin after incident that terrified emergency room staff

Security video shows a man firing shots at a rival who has fallen off a gurney in the emergency room at Pak Khat Hospital early Saturday. (Image from a video posted by Bueng Kan news Facebook page)
Security video shows a man firing shots at a rival who has fallen off a gurney in the emergency room at Pak Khat Hospital early Saturday. (Image from a video posted by Bueng Kan news Facebook page)

An armed young man shot dead a rival who was seeking treatment at a public hospital in Pak Khat district of Bueng Kan in the early hours of Saturday, sending nursing staff fleeing in panic.

Police arrested the gunman hours later at Kalasin Hospital where he had gone for treatment of his wrist injuries, Thai media reported.

The shooting took place in the emergency room of Pak Khat Hospital after a brawl between two groups at a local restaurant.

Surichai Sunanthanam, 21, of Nong Khai, was shot dead, said Pol Col Chaiyut Thamsuna, chief of the Pak Khat station. Four bullets from a 9mm pistol were fired at the victim.

Video posted on social media showed an armed man in a blue T-shirt, entering the hospital’s emergency room at 1.20am on Saturday and immediately firing shots at an injured man who was on a gurney, causing panic among two female staff.

After questioning medical staff who witnessed the shooting, police determined the identity of the suspect and sought a warrant for his arrest.

Bunyarit Phonkhan, 21, a native of Pak Khat, is now in custody after his arrest in Kalasin. Chalit Maengthaisong, 20, of Bueng Kan, is also being held on a charge of helping the gunman escape.


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