Five dead in wedding massacre as ‘drunk’ Paralympic athlete groom, 29, shoots his wife, 44, mother-in-law and guests then kills himself after arguing during the ceremony in Thailand
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  • Shooting rampage took place during a wedding party in north-east Thailand

Five people have died in a wedding massacre in Thailand after an ‘intoxicated’ groom shot his wife, mother-in-law and guests and then killed himself.

The shooting rampage took place at around 11.25pm at a house in the Wang Nam Khieo district in north-east Thailand, where a wedding party was being held for Chaturong Suksuk, 29 and Kanchana Pachunthuek, 44.

During the wedding party, the guests and relatives noticed that Chaturong, a former soldier and Paralympic athlete, looked displeased. The couple also had an argument.

Chaturong then went out to his car and returned with a pistol, firing shots that killed the bride, her 62-year-old mother, Kingthong Klajorho, and her 38-year-old sister, Kornika Manator.

Stray bullets hit two of the guests, who were rushed to the district hospital and one of them, Thong Nonkhunthod, 50, died, according to Thai media.

'Intoxicated' groom Chaturong Suksuk shot his wife Kanchana Pachantuek (pictured), mother-in-law and guests and then killed himself in Thailand

‘Intoxicated’ groom Chaturong Suksuk shot his wife Kanchana Pachantuek (pictured), mother-in-law and guests and then killed himself in Thailand

Groom Chaturong Suksuk (pictured) went out to his car and returned with a pistol, firing shots that killed the bride, her 62-year-old mother and her 38-year-old sister

Groom Chaturong Suksuk (pictured) went out to his car and returned with a pistol, firing shots that killed the bride, her 62-year-old mother and her 38-year-old sister

Bodies recovered after the scene of the shooting at a wedding party in north-east Thailand

Bodies recovered after the scene of the shooting at a wedding party in north-east Thailand

The wedding party was being held for Chaturong Suksuk, 29 and Kanchana Pachunthuek, 44 (pictured)

The wedding party was being held for Chaturong Suksuk, 29 and Kanchana Pachunthuek, 44 (pictured) 

Kanchana Pachantuek. The couple had lived together for three years before deciding to get married, according to Thai media

Kanchana Pachantuek. The couple had lived together for three years before deciding to get married, according to Thai media

Chaturong then shot himself and died instantly. Police said 11 bullets were recovered from the scene.

Police said that Chaturong ‘was quite intoxicated at the time’, but the motive has yet to be established. 

He had purchased the gun and ammunition legally last year, they added.

Police said Chaturong was a former marine soldier working at the Sattahip naval base in Chon Buri. 

He had lost his right leg after he was run over by a train while on duty, according to Thai media. 

Kanchana Pachantuek and Chaturong Suksuk on their wedding day

Kanchana Pachantuek and Chaturong Suksuk on their wedding day 

The bride's mother Kingthong Klajorho, 62, who was killed in the gun attack

The bride’s mother Kingthong Klajorho, 62, who was killed in the gun attack

The bride's sister Kornika Manator, 38, who was also a victim

The bride’s sister Kornika Manator, 38, who was also a victim

Guest Thong Nonkhunthod, 50, who was also killed in the bloodbath

Guest Thong Nonkhunthod, 50, who was also killed in the bloodbath

Kanchana Pachunthuek. The couple had an argument during the party, according to Thai media

Kanchana Pachunthuek. The couple had an argument during the party, according to Thai media

The scene after the shooting in the Wang Nam Khieo district

The scene after the shooting in the Wang Nam Khieo district

Chaturong was a member of the Thai team of paralympic athletes who took part in the 11th Asean Para Games in Indonesia in 2022 and won a silver medal in swimming.

The couple had lived together for three years before deciding to get married, according to Thai media.

The bloodbath came just days after a report that Thai Interior Minister Anutin Charnvirakul had signed an order to stop the issue of gun licences for a year to curb gun violence.



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