A crazed soldier stalked his pregnant wife and allegedly shot her three times in the back in front of horrified shoppers – because she asked for a divorce.
Pichet Chumboonchu, 41, split from wife Sirinporn, 40, earlier this month after she discovered he had a mistress.
Sirinporn fled from their home in Kanchaburi, Thailand, to stay with her family 400 miles in Udon Thani province in the north east.
But Pichet followed her home and found her pushing a trolley round a Makro store last Friday (13/10) at 2pm.
The soldier allegedly blasted his want-away wife three times in the back because she refused to make-up with him She died later in hospital.
Stray bullets also hit seven-year-old boy Kumpoon Poonitanitrat in the foot and shop assistant Phothisawan Rudda, 32, in the chest. She is still in a critical condition at Udon Thani Hospital.
Terrified witnesses described the ‘’panic’’ as Pichet opened fire with a 9mm automatic handgun in the packed store.
Tung Kottanasorn said: ‘’Everybody screamed. Some ran away and some people laid on the floor.
‘’There were people running over to the woman to try to save her and do chest pumps.
‘’This was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. It was like an American movie. I though there was a robbery.’’
Pichet was shot in the chest during the incident by his own gun but police believe he did not attempt to kill himself and that it jammed while he was letting off rounds.
His wife was pronounced dead a short time later in hospital but Pichet survived. He is recovering in hospital under police guard.
Col. Suchat Uthayo, Inspector of Udon Thani Provincial Police, said that the soldier had been arrested on suspicion of murder and carrying a firearm in public.
He said: ‘’We will prosecute the husband for the deliberate killing of his wife and for carrying fire arms in public.
‘’He was using a 9mm automatic weapon. The cause of the argument is that the wife discovered her husband had a ‘small’ wife.
‘’She did not want to reconcile with him. She wanted to stay with her family and she asked for a divorce.’’