A 73 year old man was charged with murder on Thursday after police and witnesses said he gunned down a guest at a funeral for not wearing a face mask.
Police say Jumnean Sri-orn shot dead his victim, Samran Tawai, 50, at a funeral in the Chaweng district of the southern Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
Jumnean reportedly had a heated argument with Samran, berating him for not wearing a mask to the event, though an investigator said the pair didn’t get along.
“They had many pre-existing personal problems,” said Col. Sutat Songsayom of Chawang Police. “I can’t tell you what they are, since they’re personal.”
Jumnean got onto his motorcycle to leave, but Samran pushed him off the bike, witnesses said.
“I know you’re carrying a gun, but you’re too chicken to shoot,” Samram was quoted as saying by eyewitnesses. Jumnean then pulled out a hand gun and shot Samran in the face.
One of the funeral attendants was a policeman, who quickly apprehended Jumnean at the scene.
Jumnean has been charged with murder and carrying a firearm without permit; police say he confessed to the charges. He faces a lifetime imprisonment if found guilty.