Gunman fires 50 shots near Chulalongkorn University


BANGKOK — A man with a gun fired at least 50 shots in public near Chulalongkorn University on Friday morning.

According to witnesses, gunshots were heard along Chula Soi 10 in Pathum Wan area. It is unclear whether anyone was wounded in the incident, which came just days after a mass shooting killed 29 victims in Korat. At least one witness said the gunman aimed his firearm at pedestrians at one point, Khaosod English reported.

“At first he was shooting into the sky. He fired three shots. And then he aimed at my direction,” one witness said. “I could hear sound of metals clanging.”

Police cordoned off the alley of Chula Soi 10 as of publication after they suspect it was where the suspect was hiding. Members of the public were advised to steer clear while the operation is ongoing. The media were also asked to refrain from livebroadcasting the standoff.

Police identified the gunman as Ekkachai Charueksilp, 44. He reportedly had an argument with his family before leaving his home with a handgun.

Police spokesman Kitsana Phatanacharoen said no one has been injured in the shooting. He also said the incident is not a “mass shooting” as reported by some on social media.

Source: Khaosod English

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