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Seven shot in attack on protest site

Seven people were injured after unknown gunmen fired into the People's Democratic Reform Committee protest site near the Democracy Monument in the early hours yesterday.

The shooting targeted protesters at the Khok Wua intersection on Tanow Road in Phra Nakhon district in Bangkok, police said.

Pol Lieutenant Thaweewat Thamrongwattanakul said no one was killed but seven were injured, including a taxi driver. A Thai PBS cameraman managed to escape injury despite a bullet whizzing through his trousers.

Scientific crime detection officers collected evidence at the scene, including a taxi driven by Wichai Paipod, 32, who was sitting in his car when a bullet shot through the back seat and hit him on the back. The officers also checked the trajectory of two bullets shot through a glass door of a rice shop and collected spent cartridges on the ground.

Wichai said he picked up passengers from Tanow Road around midnight for the Lam Sali intersection in the north of the city. He heard about 20 gunshots, one of which hit him. He drove past the intersection and decided to abandon the car and ran into a soi to escape when he heard continued gunfire. He was helped by onlookers, who escorted him to hospital.

The injured included Erawat Kaewsi, 28, who was shot in the right shoulder and another unidentified victim shot in the left of his torso and right knee.

Witnesses said a group of five teenagers riding motorcycles from Pinklao Bridge fired bullets into a taxi before more gunshots and explosions were heard outside the Government Lottery Office and around 2am, more gunshots were head near the Khok Wua intersection.

The Thai PBS cameraman was shot at an hour later while taking pictures at the scene. He was not injured because the bullet went through his trousers but he left the scene immediately.


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