THERE was panic at a factory after a stressed out debt collector drove in and fired three shots at workers just as they were leaving for home but fortunately no one got injured while he himself got badly hurt when he backed out of the compound and hit a barrier, Sanook.com reported today (Oct. 6, 2020).
The shooting, at a factory in Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong province, occurred when three security guards, Mr. Hongthong, Mr. Wittaya and Mr. Sutin, opened the gate at around 8:10 p.m. to let the workers leave at the end of their shift.
Suddenly a sports utility vehicle drove in with the driver appearing to be intoxicated. When Mr Wittaya and Mr Sutin knocked the car window to ask why he came in, the driver refused to answer and backed out but before leaving the compound he fired three shots, causing the workers to run away in panic, and fortunately no one got hit.
The driver then drove off very fast but somehow climbed onto the sidewalk outside the factory and hit the barrier, and could not go any further. However no one got close to him because he was armed.
Later when policemen and rescuers came in they took the badly injured gunman, with broken legs and injured head, to the hospital.
Relatives of the gunman, only identified as Mr. A, 50, said he was suffering from diabetes and was badly stressed out after not being able to collect debts and that he has now been badly injured.
Police said they had confiscated his .38 revolver but could only question the gunman after his condition improved. He faces a charge of carrying a firearm in a public place. Regarding the attempted murder charge, police said this would have to wait till he testified.
Top: The smashed SUV the gunman drove. Thai headline says, “Suddenly firing three shots.” Photo: Sanook.com