A man estranged from his wife shot her and then himself in front of their children outside their school in Nonthaburi province on Monday morning. The mother had reportedly refused to go back to him.
Pissanu Sangkaew, 38, died at the scene from a gunshot wound to the head while the mother, Sukancha Charndej, 32, suffered serious two gunshot injuries in the abdomen. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she remains in a serious but stable condition.
The two terrified children, aged six and nine, are now under the care of the teachers of Nakhonnon Wittaya school.
Pol Colonel Suwat Sanehha, of Nonthaburi police station, said the incident took place at about 8am.
Witnesses said Sukancha had just delivered her children to the school gates when Pissanu, from whom she had been separated for a while, approached her, reportedly trying to reconcile with her.
She refused and he shot her twice before turning the gun on himself, Suwat said.