Covid hospital shooter faces six charges
Suspect taken for reenactment at murder sites in Pathum Thani and Bangkok
Kawin Saengnilkul, 23, a former special forces soldier, was taken on Friday for a re-enactment of a crime at a field hospital in Pathum Thani, where he shot dead a Covid patient on Thursday. (Photo: Pongpat Wongyala)
Police have laid six charges against a former soldier who shot dead a Covid patient in a field hospital after killing a convenience store worker earlier, as they took him away for a re-enactment of a crime on Friday.
Kawin Saengnilkul, 23, from Thanyaburi district in Pathum Thani, was taken to the Princess Mother National Institute for Drug Treatment in Thanyaburi on Friday around noon.
The former Lop Buri-based soldier surrendered to Ranong Province police on Thursday afternoon. He had fled there and locked himself in a relative’s house, hours after killing a male patient at the drug treatment institute, which also serves as a field hospital for patients. of Covid-19.
Prior to the attack, the suspect also shot dead an employee of a 7-Eleven store in the Phahon Yothin district of Bangkok around 2 a.m.
Speculation persists over what sparked the shootings. A report suggested that the suspect resented the drug traffickers and that is why he chose the treatment center. His father, meanwhile, reportedly said his son was angry with the way he was treated while in the military.
Pol Maj Gen Chayut Marayard, Police Chief of Pathum Thani, led a team of police officers to pick up the shooter for a re-enactment of the crime at six locations inside the drug treatment center.
The suspect was escorted by more than 40 plainclothes police to six locations – the entrance to the institute, a parking lot in front of the command building, a path leading to the field hospital, an area in front of a cafe where he was opened fire. on the security guards, another place in front of the building where he opened fire on guards, and the last place he escaped in his van.
The gunman, dressed in camouflage clothing and a red beret, entered the building after firing a gunshot that shattered the institute’s locked glass door at around 3:30 a.m. Thursday. Inside, he shot dead Suksant Sewaphan, a 54-year-old patient, who was coming out of a bathroom on the first floor of the men’s area.
After the crime scene re-enactment, the police took him for re-interrogation at the Pratunam Chulalongkorn Police Station.
After three hours of questioning, the suspect was handed over to Phahon Yothin police station in Bangkok.
Major General Pol Chayut said investigators laid six charges against the suspect: first degree murder, illegal possession of firearms, carrying firearms in public without a license, shooting without valid reason, material damage and premeditated murder.
Phahon Yothin police then took the suspect for a crime reenactment to a 7-Eleven store in Soi Lat Phrao 25 ââin Chatuchak district, where 32-year-old Rathawit Santikuptapong was killed.
The suspect was taken to two locations: the Garden Inn on Lat Phrao Soi 25 where he had checked in before the shooting, and the convenience store at the entrance to the soi where the murder took place.
Police said earlier that the shooter apparently lost his temper in the store, after the employee asked him to pay for a bottle of beer he accidentally dropped. He returned to the store and shot the employee at around 2:50 a.m. Later, he put on a camouflage suit and went to the Pathum Thani institute.
He is currently being held at Phahon Yothin Police Station. Police will take him to criminal court on Saturday to seek court approval to further detain him.