Royalist, ‘pink man’ top suspects in shooting of six protesters outside parliament

Police today are investigating two suspects in the non-fatal shooting of six protesters outside the Parliament.

Investigators are looking for a man seen aiming a gun in video filmed at Tuesday’s rally as they continue to question a second man arrested on the scene with a gun.

The latest suspect was filmed wearing a pink coat and brandishing a weapon on Thahan Road at the Kiak Kai intersection, according to deputy metro police chief Piya Tawichai.

Although Piya said he suspects the man was a guard associated with the protesters who clashed for hours with police, several clips show a man in pink marching among yellow-shirted royalists. It is unclear whether they are the same man.

The other suspect was a royalist counter-protester, Kasidit Leelamuktanun, who was taken into custody Tuesday night on the scene. 

Col. Krich Kanchana of Tao Poon Police yesterday said Kasidit confessed to owning the .357 pistol and ammunition he was carrying, but denied shooting anyone. 

The 35-year-old suspect said he brought it for self-defense. 

At about 8:20pm on Tuesday, shots were heard where protesters were still gathered near Kiak Kai Intersection. According to reports, six people including vocational students were shot. Their wounds were not life-threatening and they were taken to nearby hospitals.

Krich said they are investigating whether Kasidit’s gun had been discharged recently and looking at CCTV footage from outside the Parliament house before deciding whether to file charges.

Kasidit initially was charged with possessing and carrying a firearm without permission and released on a THB75,000 bond.

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