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A vocational student was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of murder and illegal possession of firearms for allegedly shooting to death a rival student following a brawl near Rama IX road intersection over the weekend.
The suspect, 18-year old Mote, a third-year student of a vocational college on Petchaburi road, however, claimed that he shot Bodee-aek, a student of another vocational college, in self-defence as the latter tried to attack him with a knife.
The brawl involving two groups of students from the two colleges took place at the entrance of Soi Sor Kiatichai, Asoke Din Daeng road in Din Daeng district. One 18-year old student was knifed and was later declared dead at the hospital and three other students were injured, including Bodee-aek who sustained bullet wounds.
Din Daeng police examined footages of surveillance cameras at the scene of the brawl in search of the shooter and other offenders. Then they brought the pictures of suspected shooter to the victim, Bodee-aek, for identification.
With positive identification from the victim, a police team was later dispatched to a house in Nong Chik where Mote was living with his parents. Police searched the house and found a shotgun pistol in Mote’s room.
Mote allegedly admitted he shot Bodee-aek in self-defence as he tried to attack him with a knife. He also alleged that Bodee-aek fatally stabbed his friend, Tawan, who later died after he was rushed to Rajvithi hospital.
Wounded through, Bodee-aek was also booked by police on assault charges.