Four suspects, including the dead man, have been arrested by the police with the fifth man believed to be the boss of this Chinese-Mongolian gang is still at large and being hunted by the police, said Pol Gen Chakthip Chaichinda, the national police chief.
He said that the five-man gang had plotted the robbery and scouted Wang Burapha area, the hub of gunshops, one day ahead of the robbery attempt.
The police chief admitted that police were still in the dark about what they gang wanted to make use of the guns they intended to rob. He said the five did not have any crime record and, therefore, they could easily enter the country like any other tourists.
It was reported that the five walked into Inter Arms gunshop, one of dozens of gunshops in the area, and asked to see some handguns. When the owner and an employee showed them some of the firearms, one of the gang drew out a pistol and tried to snatch the pistols, prompting a struggle followed by a gun duel.
Patrolmen who were at the area rushed to the rescue and engaged in the firefight which ended shortly afterward with four of the suspects apprehended with two of them wounded. One of them later died at a hospital.
The owner of the gunshop and his employee were also injured.