In Summary
  • The gunman opened fire on the opposing side in the inheritance dispute in Chanthaburi provincial court.
  • Two lawyers and the shooter were confirmed dead, others were injured in the attack.
  • Thailand has high rates of gun ownership. Petty personal disputes, romantic and business rivalries are often resolved with bullets.

Bangkok

Three people were killed in a shootout at a Thai courtroom on Tuesday during a hearing into an inheritance dispute, according to police, who said two of the victims were lawyers.

The gunman opened fire on the opposing side in the dispute in Chanthaburi provincial court before a guard shot back and fatally wounded him.

National police office spokesman Krissana Pattanacharoen said three people including the assailant were confirmed dead, while others were injured in the melee.

"Two are lawyers another one is the shooter," he said, adding that they are still investigating why the courtroom feud turned deadly.

The identities of the victims were not released.

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