TWO MEN were arrested in southern Yala province and one in Bangkok on the charges of selling a modified blank pistol to a 14-year-old boy detained after going on a shooting spree at Siam Paragon mall on Tuesday (Oct. 3) killing two persons and injuring five others, TV Channel 7 said today (Oct. 5).
The investigation team in Bangkok coordinated with Provincial Police Region 9 to arrest two of the three suspects for whom warrants had been issued by Southern Bangkok Criminal Court on the charges of conspiring to possess and trade firearms and ammunition without permission.
The teen suspect had purchased the modified blank pistol online.
The southern police team arrested Mr. Suwanhong (surname withheld), 44, and his stepson Mr. Akkarawit, 22, at their house in Sateng subdistrict, Mueang Yala district, where equipment to modify blank pistols, firearms, box magazines, bank passbooks and many other pieces of evidence were found.
It was discovered that Suwanhong was the one who modified blank pistols and he was also seen withdrawing money from an ATM machine at a petrol pump.
Both the suspects are being brought to Pathumwan police station in Bangkok for interrogation.
Pixelated image of the teen shooting suspect, right, and a workshop in the house of the two suspects in Yala, inset left. Photo: TV Channel 7