Gang Drive-By Shooting Injures Teens at Ang Thong Market

The scene where two teenagers were shot by suspected members of a rival gang in Ang Thong province, 21 Feb 2015.

ANG THONG — Two teenagers were shot by suspected members of a rival gang while they were eating at a market in Ang Thong province last night, police say.

The incident took place at around 10.30 pm on 21 February, according to Pol.Lt.Cpt. Manit Nakpaiboon, an officer at Mueang Ang Thong police station. 

The two victims were 15 and 16 years old, police say. The victims told police say were eating at a food stall in Ang Thong Market with their friends when six men arrived on three motorcycles, opened fire on the group, and drove away.

Witnesses told police that at least four shots were fired, prompting the market-goers to scurry for cover. 

Pol.Lt.Cpt. Manit said the injured teenagers belong to a gang called Dek Posa, which has a long history of disputes with another gang in the province known as Dek Talard Tai.

According to Pol.Lt.Cpt. Manit, a friend who was with the victims when the incident took place insisted that Dek Talard Tai was responsible for the shooting.

"We now have a clue of the identities of the perpetrators. We are looking for them," Pol.Lt.Cpt. Manit said, "As for the cause, I believe it is because of the rivalry between the two groups … such incident is very reckless. They opened fire in the market, where there were many people at the time." 

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