Woman Arrested After Rally Drive-By Shooting

(21 January) A woman has been arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting incident at anti-government protest rally site in central Bangkok.

The incident took place at around 02.00 today at a People′s Committee for Absolute Democracy With the King As Head of State (PCAD) rally site near Victory Monument. 
 
Witnesses said a Honda Civic driven by 3 individuals approached the protest campsite from Phayathai Road, circled the Monument twice, before the assailants rolled down the windows and fired at least 3 shots at the protesters who were camping there.
 
The car then attempted to escape along Phaholyothin Road but crashed into metal barricade placed there by PCAD guards, according to witnesses. 
 
The suspects reportedly fired their weapons to make way for the escape. Two managed to slip away into the night, but one of them was apprehended by PCAD guards. 
 
The suspect was identified as Ms. Orawan Charbkan, 27, and was handed over to police officers for further interrogation. 
 
One of the suspects who escape was described as male, "fat", wearing green jacket, blue shirt, and grey pants, while the other suspect was described as male and "lean".  
 
The suspects′ car bears the license plate issued in Trang province, and there were bullet holes on the vehicle, suggesting that the PCAD guards might have shot at the car as it attempted to escape. No injury has been reported. 
 
Police say the investigation is ongoing. 
 
The drive-by incident took place just few days after an unknown individual lobbed a grenade at the protesters at Victory Monument, injuring at least 28 people. 
 

 

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