Three days after a mass shooting at a shopping mall gold shop left three people dead in Lopburi, including a toddler, there may be progress in a police manhunt that so far has come up empty.
Responding to intense public interest in the case, national police chief Chakthip Chaijinda, who was in the central province of Lopburi where it happened today for an urgent meeting. The tight-lipped police general only told reporters there’s been “much progress” in the case but said he could not discuss it further.
Maj. Gen. Nattapol Sukrasorn, the Lopburi provincial police commander, said investigators have questioned more than 20 witnesses and are reviewing firearm registration records.
The Robinson Lifestyle Lopburi shopping mall on Monday hosted a Buddhist ceremony and compensated the families of the victims.
It was there on Thursday night that the masked man walked in to rob the Aurora gold shop. With a silenced handgun, he fired numerous rounds, killing three people – including a boy of 2 – and injured four others. He successfully escaped with 28 baht weight of gold, worth only THB635,000 (US$21,000).
The families of the three killed – security guard Theerachat Nimma, shop employee Thidarat Tongtip and 2-year-old toddler Panuwit “Triton” Wongyoo – were given THB100,000 today by [the mall.] Those injured received THB50,000.
The gold shop has released images of the stolen gold to help identify it and urged anyone who sees the jewelry pieces to notify the authorities.
A reward for information to bring the shooter to justice has climbed to over THB500,000 thanks to police, the gold shop and private citizens. Anyone with information can contact the police via 191 or 1599.