Kawin Saengnilkul, 23, surrendered to police in Ranong early Thursday afternoon. (Photo provided)
A former special forces soldier wanted for killing a patient at a Covid-19 field hospital and a convenience store worker early Thursday morning surrendered to police shortly after noon.
Kawin Saengnilkul, a 23-year-old from Thanyaburi District in Pathum Thani, surrendered to Ranong Province police at 12:20 p.m. and handed over two guns, police said.
The Daily News reported that Lt. Gen. Pol Kitrat Phanphet, Regional Police Commissioner for Region 8, led high-ranking police to the shooter’s relative’s home in Ranong, where the suspect was in hiding.
The criminal court approved an arrest warrant against him on initial charges of premeditated murder and carrying firearms in public for unfounded reasons.
He is accused of breaking into the National Princess Mother Institute for Drug Treatment on Phahon Yothin Road in Thanyaburi district in Pathum Thani and killing a 54-year-old patient at around 3:30 a.m. The institute operates as a field hospital for Covid-19 patients.
Pathum Thani police also alleged that prior to the attack on the field hospital, the gunman shot dead an employee of a convenience store in Bangkok’s Phahon Yothin neighborhood around 2 a.m.
He served as a soldier in a special warfare unit in Lop Buri province, but was removed from his post in November 2019.
Mr. Kawin had volunteered to serve as a soldier because of his enthusiasm for weapons, police said.
Police suspected him of having a mental illness and earlier said he may have been running away in a white Isuzu van to see a relative in the South.
He then went to Ranong province, south of Bangkok.
An armed man, dressed in camouflage clothing and a red beret, fired a shot that smashed the locked glass door of the institute at around 3.30 a.m., entered the building and shot dead a man. patient.
Thai PBS reported that the patient was Suksant Sewaphan, 54, who was coming out of a bathroom on the first floor of the men’s area when he was shot.
The gunman then proceeded to a room and fired numerous more shots before escaping in a van. The gunshots that followed did not hit anyone.
An army spokesperson earlier said the gunman in camouflage was not a soldier.
CCTV screenshot of the gunman. (Photo provided)