A male nurse was shot dead at Sa Kaew's Khao Chakan Hospital early yesterday morning for allegedly asking too many questions, before four others were killed and one seriously injured at a karaoke bar nearby.
The man behind the killing rampage is believed to be Veera Wangjangreed, 26, who was allegedly avenging the assault of his wife Wassana Thepthian, 25.
At 2pm yesterday, police received an arrest warrant for suspect who was deemed to be “armed and dangerous”.
Deputy national police chief Pol General Panupong Singhara, who was in Sa Keaw to look into this case, has issued a statement urging Veera to surrender and warned that if he resisted arrest, it could lead to an extrajudicial killing.
According to Panupong, Veera already has a criminal record for theft and drug abuse, adding that the consumption of yaba might be behind the man’s uncontrollable temper.
The first shooting took place at around 2am, when Veera took his wife to the hospital and had a heated argument with male nurse Nipon Montri, 22, for asking Wassana too many questions about her injury. Veera pulled out his 9mm pistol and shot Nipon in the head, killing him instantly. The couple then fled in their borrowed pickup truck.
At around 2.30am, police received a report of shooting at the “Santiparp” karaoke bar near Wang Nam Yen Hospital and found the bodies of Laotian bar owner Pudthawan, 18, and three waitresses in their 20s. Dam Butraphrom, 36, an employee of the local electricity office, was also seriously injured during the shooting.
Saifon Thaithani, who is a cook at the bar, said she was woken up by the sound of gunshots and discovered the bodies after things had quietened down. She said Pudthawan had bought the business from Wassana in January.
Initial investigation showed that Wassana, who had gone to drink at the bar on Wednesday night, started arguing with Pudthawan, which lead to a fight and ended up with her being attacked by the waitresses. It is believed that Veera shot the waitresses dead to avenge the assault on his wife.