Songkran Gang Fight: Police Arrest 3 Suspects

BANGKOK — The police have arrested three individuals in connection with a deadly gang shootout in Bangkok during the last day of Songkran festivals.

One person was killed and several more injured when two groups of gangsters brawled and exchanged gunfire with each other at Soi Intamra 23-25 in Sutthisarn district on 15 April. 

The fight involved around 40 gang members who had been celebrating Songkran (traditional Thai New Year festival) at the time. Some of the combatants were also reportedly intoxicated.

The police have issued arrest warrants on 7 suspects, and 3 of them surrendered themselves to police at Bang Sue Police Station last night. 

The suspects were identified as Mr. Chaichana Wiriyabutr, 20; Mr. Tum Mekhalai, 27; Mr. Sompong Prom-Ngarm, 36. 

Pol.Lt.Gen. Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, commander of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police, said the incident has been prioritised by the police as it was a brazen gunbattle in the residential area.

He added that the police will take additional measures to prevent any act of retaliation or reprisal by gang members involved in the fights.

Other suspects who are currently on the run are Mr. Charnnarong Leeprasert, 20; Mr. Chakin Leeprasert, 21; Mr. Korakot Onsurathom, 21; and Mr. Suchart Rerklakkana, 25. 

 

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