Mass shooting at wedding results in multiple deaths, including the "not-so-happy" couple

THAILAND - On Satruday, November 25th, a groom killed his bride, three wedding guests and himself just hours after saying "I do."

According to the New York Post, 29-year-old Chaturong Suksuk married 44-year-old Kanchana Pachunthuek in the Wang Nam Khieo district and later that evening, after having several drinks, went on a shooting spree at his own wedding reception. 

Suksuk, a former Paralympic athlete and a former paramilitary ranger, reportedly abruptly left the reception to go to his car. A short time later, he returned to the reception area brandishing a 9mm pistol. He immediately opened fire, fatally shooting his new wife, her 62-year-old mother, Kingthong Klajo, and her 38-year-old sister, Komnipa Manato. 

Two other wedding guests were struck by the gunfire. One of the victims, a 50-year-old man, died of his injuries. The other, a 28-year-old man, identified as Bamrung Chaterat, was wounded and has been treated for those injuries. Suksuk tuned the gun on himself, fired the gun and died on the spot.

Authorities who spoke to BBC News, said that the groom was said to be "quite intoxicated at the time" of the shooting. As of this writing, the motive for the fatal mass shooting has yet to be revealed. 

Guest of the wedding stated that the newlyweds did not "seem happy" and had an argument during the reception. Suksuk allegedly felt "insecure" about the 15-year age gap between him and his bride. Before getting married, the two lived together for three years.

The Wang Nam Khieo police chief, Roongjroj Tang-amnuay, said that Suksuk, a former marine soldier, had lost his leg after a train accident while on duty. According to reports, Suksuk won a silver medal in swimming at the 11th Asean Para Games in Indonesia back in 2022. 

He was also listed to compete in the World Abilitysport Games 2023 in the month of December. Authorities confirmed that Suksuk purchased both the gun and ammunition legally in 2022. 

CBS News reported that upon arriving at the scene, investigators recovered 11 bullet casings of 9mm ammunition. Matichon Wongbaokul, a police officer from northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima province, said, "They had an argument on private matters and Chaturong walked to his car and picked up a gun before shooting."

Mass shootings are rare in Thailand, however, gun ownership is common in the country. BBC News reported that in October, three people were killed in a shooting at a luxury mall in Bangkok. In October of 2022, a former police officer killed 37 children in a gun and knife attack at a nursery in northeast Thailand. 
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