One dead, two injured by Klong Toey gunman

One dead, two injured by Klong Toey gunman

tense scenes: On lookers and rescue workers gather at the scene of a shooting on Sunthon Kosa Road in Klong Toey district yesterday.
tense scenes: On lookers and rescue workers gather at the scene of a shooting on Sunthon Kosa Road in Klong Toey district yesterday.

A woman succumbed to gunshot wounds while a man is in critical condition after gunfire erupted in Klong Toey district yesterday.

Shots were reported in front of a TMBThanachart Bank (TTB) branch on Sunthon Kosa Road.

Authorities responding to the scene found two men severely injured along with a knife.

Witnesses said that men opened fire on a group of university students following an argument. The assailants fled the scene on a motorcycle down Rama IV Road.

A motorcycle taxi driver who witnessed the incident told police the gunmen had parked near a group of four to five students who were waiting at a bus stop. The pillion rider approached one of the students and held a firearm to his head.

The intended victim managed to evade the initial shot and it hit a woman identified only as Sirada, a computer teacher at the nearby Sacred Heart Convent School. The teacher was shot in the forehead and declared dead at the hospital, police said.

The shooter then fired another shot into the stomach of his intended target before fleeing. The motorcycle rider was heard yelling at the gunman to finish the act, leading to three more shots being fired at the student's head and neck, which left the student in critical condition.

Police are pursuing the assailants and suspect the shooting may have stemmed from a university rivalry.

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