UPDATE: Gunman Who Shot Two Bus Passengers in Phuket and Killed Himself Was Former Soldier and Suffered From Mental Problems

The suspect at the Phuket Bus Terminal in Rassada

Phuket –

A gunman who opened fire on a traveling bus in Phuket and injured two people has been found dead on the bus and was a former soldier who suffered from mental problems.

Our previous stories:

Two people on a bus in Phuket have sustained injuries after a gunman opened fire while other passengers ran away.

A gunman who opened fire on a traveling bus in Phuket that injured two people has been found dead in the bus interior.

Now for the update:

The Phuket City Police told the Phuket Express that Phuket Governor Naroong Woonciew also went to the scene this morning. The two injured passengers were identified only as Ms. Juraiphon, 49, and Napanat, 26. They are now safe at a local hospital.

The shooter was named by police as Mr. Nawin Chuaykleang, 25, from Ao Luek, Krabi. He was a psychiatric patient at the Ao Luek Hospital. He was one of the passengers on the bus. It was unclear how or when he left the hospital.

The Phuket City Police contacted the Ao Luek Police and they took Nawin’s grandmother, 67, and his mother, 50, from Ao Luek, Krabi to the scene to talk with Nawin as police thought that the shooter was still alive during the incident.

His mother told police that Nawin is a former soldier who has suffered mental health problems for which he refused to take medicine. He wrote a letter before he left the house saying ‘Don’t worry. I am going to have a new life and am taking some risks. I am not coming back home.’

The Forensic Police told the Phuket Express that the shooter shot himself just after he shot the others because the blood stains on the bus floor near his body had dried.

If you or someone you know is feeling depressed please reach out for help. The Pattaya News suggests the Samaritans of Thailand which can be reached here:


The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.