The gunman fled the scene amidst the chaos.
At around 8PM on March 1st, 2021, police in Ratchaburi received a report of a shooting at a funeral at Wat Tha Makham. Officers responded and found a chaotic scene with chairs scattered everywhere and bloodstains throughout the pavilion where the funeral was taking place.
Five people were shot in total, one of them being a candidate for leadership in the local Don Sai subdistrict and others held posts in the subdistrict as well. The victims were brought to local hospitals, several of them are in critical or serious condition — and one of the candidates did pass away from her injuries.
Gun shells of two different calibers, .22 and 11 mm, were found scattered throughout the pavilion. The gunman fled the scene during the chaos.
A member of Wat Tha Makham, Mr. Sukit Jitkham, said that Mr. Yingphan Kamnan was invited to preside over the funeral. Mr. Jitkham went up to light incense in front of the Buddha.
When the monks started chanting and the people listened for prayer, several gunshots rang out and people ran for cover. When the gunfire stopped, Mr. Yingphan saw that several people had been shot and he did not see who the gunman was. But it is suspected that the gunman was hiding behind the Buddha in the temple.
Mrs. Waraporn Niamruk was the candidate for a local post in the subdistrict and died from her injuries later at the hospital. In total 3 women and 2 men were shot in the attack.
Officers gathered evidence from the scene and the victims will be questioned. It’s suspected that the attack may be related to local politics.
Video of the crime scene:
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My take: This is a brazen attack to take down a local political candidate at a funeral inside a temple. And I’m wondering if the others shot were just collateral damage or if they were targets as well. True Crime Thailand will follow up if anything more is learned about the case.
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