The government has expressed condolences to the family of a teacher who was killed by a stray bullet in Klong Toey district on Saturday, promising swift action to prevent similar tragedies in the future.
“As the government’s representative, I would like to express our condolences for your loss,” said deputy government spokeswoman Kanika Aunjit yesterday.
She said the government is working with the ministries of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), Interior and various agencies, to prevent similar incidents in the future.
The incident took place near the Sacred Heart Convent School, where an unidentified group of men opened fire at a group of university students amid an argument on Saturday.
The shot that was fired missed the intended target and struck the victim on the back of her head, who was queuing up to use an ATM machine on Sunthon Kosa Road.
Sirada Sinprasert, a 45-year-old teacher, taught computer science at Sacred Heart Convent School. Her family organised her funeral rites in her native province of Suphan Buri.
Pol Col Withawat Chinkham, acting commander of the Metropolitan Police Division 5, said yesterday detectives had some progress in their attempt to identify the gunman.
The gunman covered himself with a long-sleeved shirt and full-face helmet, he said, and arrived at the scene on the back of a motorcycle.
The intended target was identified as Thanasorn Hongsawat, 19.
He was admitted to King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. Detectives are tracking the gunman and expects to identify him soon, Pol Col Withawat said.