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Pattaya Police Chief, Pol. Col. Nawin Thirawit, paid a visit to local journalist Natthapat Buncharee, also known as “Ing,” at his residence on January 12th, 2024. The visit was to check on Natthapat’s recovery after he was involved in a shooting attack.
Natthapat was shot in the face in early December near an entertainment venue in Pattaya. The incident was initially described as a road rage incident by the Pattaya police. The prime suspect, identified as Kwanchai Pantong, was taken into custody after shooting Natthapat with a homemade shotgun, resulting in severe injuries. While Natthapat’s condition has improved, he still faces challenges such as loss of sight in both eyes and difficulty with speech. He is currently recuperating at home, awaiting further treatment and ongoing monitoring of his vision.
According to reports, Natthapat has expressed concerns about the impact of the incident on his life, particularly the interruption in his work, which affects his family’s income. Natthapat worked as a freelance journalist, collaborating with his father, who is also a journalist, and providing news to local media outlets, including The Pattaya News.
Police Chief Pol. Col. Nawin assured Natthapat and his family that the investigation into the shooting is progressing. They are looking into the involvement of any other individuals and exploring if there is an underlying reason for the attack, possibly related to Natthapat’s journalism. The police are currently gathering witness testimonies and waiting for forensic test results. They expect to conclude the case within this month. Meanwhile, the main suspect remains in custody at Pattaya Remand Prison.
It is important to note that the images used in this article have been published with the consent of Natthapat’s father, who also works with The Pattaya News and other local media outlets, providing news stories.