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Tragic Hospital Shooting: The Fatal Attack on Myanmar Patient Kyaw Swar Aong in Khon Kaen

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Forensic officers meticulously gathered crucial evidence in the wake of a chilling gun attack that took place within the tranquil confines of a hospital ward in Muang district, Khon Kaen, on an otherwise quiet Friday morning. (Photo: Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN – In a horrifying twist of fate, a Myanmar patient, who had been admitted for surgery, met a tragic end at the very place that was supposed to offer healing and hope. The serene atmosphere of Khon Kaen Hospital’s male surgery building was shattered when a shot rang out in the early hours of Friday. According to Pol Col Yotsawat Kaewsuebthanyanit, chief of Muang district police, the grim incident was promptly reported at around 1am.

The scene that met the police and forensic teams was one of despair. They found Kyaw Swar Aong, a 29-year-old patient, lifeless on a hospital bed with a fatal gunshot wound to his occipital bone. Lying inside a ward on the fifth floor, hope flickered briefly when hospital staff rushed him to the emergency ward. However, despite their frantic efforts, he was pronounced dead not long after.

Heartbreakingly, his Thai girlfriend, who chose to remain anonymous, recounted their shared life together. They both worked at a fishing net factory in Khon Kaen and had been partners for over four years. They carved out a humble life together in a rented room, far from the bustling city lights. She confirmed that he had no known disputes or issues with anyone. The only peculiarity was a loan of 12,000 baht he had secured from a coworker, for which he handed over his ATM card as collateral. It was a seemingly simple gesture of trust that now seemed to echo with ominous undertones.

She also shared that a medical team was set to perform surgery to remove the tumour discovered in his back on Friday. The hope of recovery was cruelly dashed by the callous act of violence.

Pol Col Yotsawat provided insights into the incident. The culprit, masquerading as a visitor, had asked a nurse for the patient’s ward number. Upon gaining access to the ward, the gunman cold-heartedly fired a single, deadly shot at Kyaw Swar Aong before fleeing the scene.

Efforts are now in full swing to track down the perpetrator. “Police are meticulously reviewing closed-circuit television footage and collaborating with the investigative team to unearth any clues about the suspect,” Pol Col Yotsawat explained. The primary lead points towards a Myanmar national, a co-worker at the same factory as the victim, who has since vanished without a trace and is suspected to have fled to an unknown location.


  1. Anna B June 7, 2024

    This is just tragic. Hospitals should be a place of safety, not violence!

    • tech_guru89 June 7, 2024

      I agree, but with security being so lax, it’s no surprise incidents like this happen.

      • HospitalAdmin June 7, 2024

        Security is already tight, especially given the circumstances. This was a highly unusual case.

    • Mike1221 June 7, 2024

      Exactly! They should really increase hospital security worldwide.

  2. John S. June 7, 2024

    Suspicious that the attacker knew exactly where to find the victim. Must have been an inside job.

    • Jane Doe June 7, 2024

      Or maybe someone close to the victim gave out that information unknowingly.

      • truthseeker99 June 7, 2024

        Could be his girlfriend, who knows? The loan detail is fishy too.

      • psychologist_101 June 7, 2024

        Accusing without evidence isn’t fair. Let’s wait for the investigation results.

  3. Lisa M June 7, 2024

    Why would anyone want to target a patient scheduled for surgery? This doesn’t add up.

  4. Mr. Rational June 7, 2024

    Clearly, there’s more to this story. Perhaps something at the factory or his personal life. We need to be patient for the full report.

  5. soccer_mom June 7, 2024

    Terrible! His poor girlfriend must be devastated. They were about to start a new chapter of their lives.

    • concerned citizen June 7, 2024

      I can’t imagine what she’s going through. Hope she stays strong.

  6. Larry D June 7, 2024

    Could drugs or organized crime be involved? Myanmar has significant issues with those.

    • doc_holly June 7, 2024

      We shouldn’t jump to conclusions without proper evidence. Let’s trust the process.

  7. GreenpeaceGuy June 7, 2024

    Why isn’t this making bigger headlines? A shooting in a hospital is a big deal.

    • journalist_Emily June 7, 2024

      News cycles tend to prioritize local news if their audience is local. Sad but true.

  8. CuriousCat June 7, 2024

    Was there any CCTV footage of the suspect? Surely that would help solve this case.

    • techsavvy June 7, 2024

      Probably, but it takes time to analyze and make arrests. Let’s hope they catch the guy soon.

  9. G. Rivera June 7, 2024

    It’s scary to think about how easy it is for someone to bring a gun into a hospital.

    • law_abider June 7, 2024

      Yet people argue against stricter gun laws. Incidents like these are why stricter control is necessary.

      • 2ndAmendment June 7, 2024

        Guns don’t kill people. People kill people. Focus on mental health, not gun control.

  10. M. Anderson June 7, 2024

    Can’t imagine the fear in that hospital ward. Must have been traumatic for everyone there.

    • NurseJill June 7, 2024

      As a healthcare worker, this hits home for me. It’s our worst nightmare.

      • Frank79 June 7, 2024

        You guys are heroes, Jill. Keep doing what you do.

  11. Elaine June 7, 2024

    The police should really check the factory thoroughly. There might be more to the coworker’s disappearance.

    • BlueEagle June 7, 2024

      Agreed. Sometimes it’s the least obvious leads that crack the case.

  12. poet_456 June 7, 2024

    How cruel does one have to be to kill someone in a hospital?

    • David R. June 7, 2024

      Monstrous, indeed. But criminals often have twisted justifications.

  13. Miya June 7, 2024

    I hope the authorities bring the perpetrator to justice swiftly.

  14. SunnyD June 7, 2024

    This should be a wake-up call for how we handle hospital security.

    • security_xpert June 7, 2024

      Absolutely. Hospitals need to upgrade their safety protocols.

  15. melody01 June 7, 2024

    My heart goes out to the victim’s family. This is just too sad.

  16. John 42 June 7, 2024

    What happens next? Are police close to any leads?

    • InfoHungry June 7, 2024

      With the CCTV and witness accounts, they should be! Can’t wait for updates.

  17. sceptic729 June 7, 2024

    The police won’t find anything. Bet they’ll close the case unsolved.

  18. theorist_88 June 7, 2024

    Maybe it’s all a bigger conspiracy. Who profits from his death? Follow the money.

    • logicalThinker June 7, 2024

      Unlikely. Sometimes things are just personal and tragic, not everything has a grand scheme.

  19. Hunter June 7, 2024

    Do hospitals in Thailand have different security measures compared to the US?

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