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Drug Addict Kills Toddler, 2 Others in Chiang Rai Mass Shooting Gunman Calls ‘Buddha’s Will’

Anucha Jabo, 36, was high on speed when he strolled up to a pavilion in the Pa Kia Community where children and parents had gathered, and opened fire with a shotgun.
Anucha Jabo, 36, was high on speed when he strolled up to a pavilion in the Pa Kia Community where children and parents had gathered, and opened fire with a shotgun Thursday.

A meth-head killed three people, including a 4-year-old girl, in a seemingly random mass shooting in Chiang Rai Thursday.

Anucha Jabo, 36, was high on methamphetamine tablets when he strolled up to a pavilion in the Pa Kia Community where children and parents had gathered, and opened fire with a shotgun.

Killed were toddler Punnada Jawo, Jala Jalor, 38, and Nabo Yapa, 45. Two people, Lay-ah Japrue, 61, and Jirada Yapa, 21, were seriously injured. Several dogs and cats caught in the crossfire also died.

The tweaker initially held off police, with the crowd imploring him to surrender. He refused and managed to escape into the woods near the pavilion and was captured soon after.

The gunman reportedly told Mae Saruay police that the shooting was “Buddha’s will”.

Anucha, who failed a drug test at the police station, said he didn’t know how many yaba tablets he’d ingested. Police said he stole the gun and bullets from the community president’s house.

Locals told Thai media that Anucha was infamous in the village, a habitual drug addict who was unemployed, divorced and suspected of domestic violence.

He was charged with premeditated murder, attempted murder, bringing weapons into a public area, using weapons in a public area, and drugs use. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.