Police are investigating the murder of an assistant to a village chief in Chiang Rai's Wiang Kaen district on Thursday.
Chalee Phuditsakultham, 32, assistant to the village chief in Ban Huai Khu (Moo 8), was shot dead in his Toyota pick-up truck as he drove three members of his family to the village at around 4.30pm. They were on their way back from a shopping trip in Thoeng district.
A gunman hiding in roadside bushes fired bullets through the driver’s door, killing Chalee instantly while a stray bullet hit his daughter in the shoulder.
Local police inspected the scene immediately afterwards and took away seven used AK-47 bullets.
Wiang Kaen superintendent Pol Colonel Passakorn Napikul led a team of forensic officers to inspect the scene on Friday morning. He said their initial suspicions were that the incident was the result of a personal conflict.