A 48-year-old Thai man was taken into police custody on Friday (February 14) after firing some 40 shots from his home in Soi Chula 10 in downtown Bangkok’s Pathumwan district, police deputy spokesman Pol Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen said.
The shooting, which caused no deaths or injuries, had the public in a panic coming as it did on the heels of the shootings at a Nakhon Ratchasima mall hat killed 30 and wounded nearly 60 others.
The suspected shooter opened fire around 5am from inside his sport’s clothes shophouse, allegedly because of stress over personal matters or a family affair, Krissana said.
A 20-year-old neighbor said the man started shooting at a neighbor’s group of friends chatting in the nearby parking lot at around 6am but no one was hit. They alerted the police.
Police surrounded the house for five hours while the suspect occasionally let off shots at the sky. Eventually, apparently exhausted from lack of sleep and stress, he surrendered and was taken to Pathumwan Police Station for questioning.