A THAI woman broke down and cried in a video clip she shared on X, formerly Twitter, relating how she helped twin Chinese girls while fleeing the shooting at Siam Paragon find their mother only to later discover she had been shot dead, Matichon newspaper said this morning (Oct. 4).
The shooting by a 14-year-old teen boy left two women dead, one a Chinese national and the other Myanmar national, with five others injured.
In the video the unidentified woman said the following:
“Today’s sad story is about escaping from Siam Paragon. Met two Chinese tourists asking for help as their mother had been shot and they couldn’t find her.
“One of them asked, ‘Will my mother die?’ I consoled them by saying their mother was just injured.
“When I got to speak to the police, they said that the little girls’ mother had died. I cried and felt so sorry. They are twins too. Why did they have to encounter this type of an event? Today is a very sad day.”
Meanwhile Mr. Decha Kittiwittayanan, a lawyer, said legally when a minor who is over 12 years of age but under 15 commits a wrongdoing he/she is not punished.
However this child is reprimanded or sent to a juvenile observation and protection centre.
As the teen gunman who killed two persons and injured five others at Siam Paragon yesterday afternoon is 14 years old he will not be punished according to Section 74 of the Criminal Code.
Moreover if it appears that the child committing an offence has a mental disorder and cannot control himself he would not be punished according to Section 65 of the Criminal Code.
On the civil side, it would have to be seen whether the parents paid enough attention to their child because if not then they could face a lawsuit under Child Protection Act of 2003 for allowing their child to commit a crime through neglect or may pay civil damages.
In another development, a police team who searched the teen gunman’s residence, a two- and-half-storey townhouse in Soi Phetkasem 88/1, Bang Khae Nuea subdistrict, Bang Khae district, found some ammunition there with these being as follows:
– Seven .22 calibre casings;
– Three 5.56 calibre cartridges;
– One .45 calibre cartridge;
– Five shotgun casings;
– Two .357 calibre casings;
– One 9mm casing;
– One box (49 rounds) of 9mm cartridges;
– A silver imitation pistol;
– A black box magazine;
– A shooting target sheet.
Top and first below: National Police Chief Pol. Gen. Torsak Sukwimon talking to the teenage boy after he was apprehended yesterday.
First insert: One of the twin Chinese girls asking about their mother.
Second insert: Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin at Siam Paragon after the shooting.
Further below: Police searching the teen boy’s room.
Front Page: A police man talking to the teen boy. All photos: Matichon