PATHUM THANI – Two teenage technical students were shot dead in what police suspect to be an incident of gang violence in Pathum Thani province yesterday morning.
The two victims, 16 and 17 years old, were shot as they were riding a motorcycle in Soi Rong Si Thai Heng near Rangsit – Nakhon Nayok Road at around 9 am yesterday.
The victims were students from Pathum Thani Technological College. Police believe the crime was committed by students from a different technical school as a part of an ongoing gang rivalry.
According to one witness, two students from another technical college watched the pair as they stopped for gas on their way to school that morning.
"But I didn't think much about it," the witness said.
The perpetrators then reportedly followed the pair after they left the gas station, and shot them with at least six bullets before driving away.
Detective police are studying CCTV footage in the area to identify and locate suspects, said Pol.Lt. Supphachai Srisura, an officer at Pratunam Chulalongkorn Police Station.
Gang violence between students at rival technical college students is common in Bangkok and its surrounding suburbs.
Yesterday, four students from Siam Technology College in Bangkok's Tha Phra district were arrested for allegedly throwing homemade bombs at a public bus because it was carrying students from a rival school. Three passengers were injured in the incident.
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