'New Year Celebration' Bullet Nearly Hit Two-Year-Old Girl

Nanthawan Yotsunthorn pointed to where the bullet struck the roof of her house, 29 December 2014

ANG THONG – A two-year-old child and her mother were almost injured by a stray bullet that police believe was fired in celebration of the New Year.

Nanthawan Yotsunthorn, 36, told police she was having dinner with her daughter at her house in Ang Thong's Mueang district when a bullet struck through the roof and hit a table in the kitchen.

The incident reportedly took place at around 9.30 pm.

"The bullet landed less than one metre away from where I and my daughter were eating our dinner," Nanthawan said. 

Pol.Lt. Sirichai Seenin, an officer at Mueang Ang Thong Police Station, said the bullet belonged to a 11 mm. handgun and was fired from the eastern direction of Nanthawan's residence.

"We believe it was fired in celebration of the New Year occasion," Pol.Lt. Sirichai said, "We will coordinate with investigation officers to find which area the bullet came from."

Authorities have warned citizens not to fire their weapons during celebration and parties, as stray bullets can kill or wound bystanders in the nearby areas.

In January 2013 a bullet landed on a house in Ayutthaya province and struck one of its residents in her cheek. Police later arrested the gunman who allegedly fired his gun to celebrate New Year Day. 

 

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