Tragedy at wedding celebrations.

Sunday should have been a happy day for a bride and groom in Chon Buri but it turned out to be a tragic one for an innocent couple after wedding guests began firing weapons into the sky – which led to the death of a man in Bang Lamung district.

Five men have surrendered to police over the killing of Thanet Inthawong, 36, in what appears to be a senseless tragedy all-too common in Thailand.

Police said the five suspects may just be some of the wedding guests who endangered the public during the raucous celebrations.

 The motive for the barrage of bullets appeared yesterday to be misguided revelry rather than murderous intent.
The indiscriminate shooting of firearms is common, although it may seem shockingly inappropriate during celebrations such as weddings and ordination days in many parts of the country. The legal ban on such behaviour seems to have little effect.In this latest case, the groom, who remains unidentified, is known to be a gun lover. Wedding invitations showed him standing with his bride while holding two assault rifles, with a message that said: “All are welcome to my wedding if you are free.”

The victim, however, did not attend the wedding but was minding his own business at his place of work.

Weerawan Supachon-ayu, 45, Thanet’s girlfriend, told police she was sitting with her boyfriend at a shop where he worked in Banhuay Kainao village when sounds of the celebration were heard from about 50 metres away as the wedding procession approached.

She said she told her boyfriend, who was about to leave the shop, to wait for the procession to pass by. At the same time, she heard several gunshots.

The shooting continued as the procession continued by, Weerawan said, when suddenly she heard Thanet cry out and saw him fall to the ground.

He was unresponsive as she tried to help him, prompting her to call for help to take Thanet to hospital, where he was declared dead with a bullet wound to his chest.

By Juninho