A brawl between two rival groups of young men in the Phra Pradaeng district of Samut Prakan caused chaos as it spilled into two local hospitals, resulting in one man’s death and injuring two others.
The incident started early on Sunday night, according to Samrong Tai police Chief, Pol Lt Col Sumeth Salee. He said two rival groups began fighting in front of a house in tambon Bang Ya Phraek.
The violent fight resulted in one of the men involved, 22-year-old Ratchapong Wassana, being stabbed in his chest and falling unconscious. His friends brought him to Vibharam Chaiprakarn Hospital in the Phra Pradaeng district to receive treatment.
Two other men from the rival group were also injured in the fight and brought to Muangsamut Hospital, located a few kilometers away from Vibharam Chaiprakarn Hospital.
While Mr. Wassana was receiving treatment for his stab wound, around 20 of his friends arrived at the hospital on motorbikes. According to Pol Lt Col Salee, this happened at around 6 pm.
Upon arrival, the on-duty doctor informed the group that their friend had passed away from the injuries.
The news infuriated the gang, who proceeded to rampage through the hospital, smashing windows and glass doors and destroying whatever they could find, including hospital equipment.
During the rampage, the group learned that two members of the rival gang were in the nearby Muangsamut Hospital and abruptly left on their motorbikes in the hospital’s direction.
According to Pol Lt Col Salee’s timeline, the gang arrived at the second hospital around 7.30 pm. Many of the men were carrying items, including wooden planks and even floor mops.
The 20 or so men forced their way into the emergency ward where they attacked members of the rival gang attending their two injured friends.
They proceeded to destroy hospital furniture and equipment during the rampage.
Police arrived on the scene quickly, but the gang fled in all directions, escaping the authorities.
An investigation is underway to find the gang members responsible for the damages.
Source: Bangkok Post