An American tourist was shot dead after stealing a gun and opening fire at locals in Thailand yesterday evening (November 2).
Michael Giavasis, 25, stole a Glock 9mm from a shooting range in Pattaya before firing it in the air as he rode a motorcycle back to his apartment.
Police gave chase while ordering loads to be locked down.
Giavasis arrived back at his home where he opened fire in the car park outside hitting a television reporter in the foot and attacking a passerby.
Passerby Pitchakorn, 18, said: “I was waiting outside the building and was slapped by the foreign man before he threatened my sister by aiming a gunat her forehead. Then he fired his handgun in the air.”
The injured reporter, Tivakorn Kitmanee, said: ”I saw he was firing the gunso I jumped to the ground but a bullet hit me in the foot.”
Giavasis, who had remained in Thailand as a tourist during the coronavirus lockdown, barricaded himself in his room.
Dozens of armed cops surrounded the building while they negotiated with the shooter. However, when they broke down the door of his fourth-floor room at 3 am he was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head.
Police Colonel Khemmarin Phitsamai said the American man refused to meet the officers and a translator while they tried to resolve the incident.
The officer said Giavasis may have killed himself after realising there was no way to escape.
He said: “We evacuated every person from the condominium building so they were all safe. Roads were also closed so drivers were not at risk.
”The American man died from a gunshot wound, which could have been suicide. There will be an investigation.”