By Angsuma Sridokkham
A brawl between students from two rivalling colleges erupted yesterday morning near Soi Srinakarin 26 in Bangkok's Suan Luang district, resulting to one death and one injury.
A 18-year-old student Jane (not his real name) sustained a fatal gunshot in the chest and was pronounced dead at Vibharam Hospital, while his 16-year-old schoolmate Ore (not his real name) sustained a gunshot wound in his left hand and stomach. Police also collected a pen gun from the scene.
A 17-year-old eyewitness Nid (not his real name) told police that he and six schoolmates had taken bus No 207 to Bangkok College of Industrial Technology, when a 10-strong group of students from Bangkapi Technology College got on board.
That’s when Nid’s group decided to get out of the bus, but an assailant on a motorcycle, believed to be from the rival group, suddenly opened fire and injured Ore.
Nid, Jane and two others then fled across the street, but the motorcycle gave chase and shot at Jane, before fleeing.
Jane’s 53-year-old mum said her son was a good, cheerful boy who always returned home in time, though his friends always created problems. She said she was against her son’s decision to enrol in the college, but she agreed because he loved studying in the vocational field.
Meanwhile, deputy police chief Pol General Pongpat Pongcharoen showed up later in the after to observe the police inquiry and said this area was often a scene of student brawls, which mostly stemmed from insults. He said police already knew about the offenders, but would gather evidence for a while before applying for arrest warrants.