Five Injured After Attempted Robbery at Chinatown Gun Shop

Police Lt. Gen. Sanit Mahatavorn investigating the scene where four men tried to rob a gun store. Photo: Matichon Online

BANGKOK — Five people were injured in a gun battle at a firearms shop near Chinatown on Friday morning.

Four Chinese-speaking men armed with BB guns and knives reportedly went inside gun store “Interarms Limited Partnership” on Charoen Krung Road at around 10am and attempted to rob the place. The owner and staff fought back by shooting at them, police said.

Five were injured: the store owner and a member of his staff were stabbed by the suspects, while three of the would-be robbers were shot, according to police reports. All of them were sent to hospitals in the area.

One of the suspects was not injured and fled from the scene but was later apprehended at Sirichai Soi 1.

Lt.Col. Somkasem Jarak of Samranrat police station said police have arrested all four suspects. The suspects used BB guns in their attempt to hold up the place, he said.

Somkasem also described the robbers as Chinese speakers, though their nationality has not been confirmed.

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Photo from the crime scene by Matichon.