A THAI college teacher driving two Melbourne women whose car was shot at in Chiang Mai said he was in a state of shock as he drove at high speed to escape the scene, taking one of injured woman to hospital.
Suwan Intarchit, a teacher at the Montford College in the northern Thai city, was driving Melbourne teachers Lynda Cody and Jess Lambden from a night market when they came under fire on Sunday night.
Ms Cody and Ms Lambden had been travelling with students from the Ringwood Secondary College in Victoria on an excursion visiting the Montford College – a sister school – and were preparing to return to Australia.
Ms Cody, a teacher at Ringwood Secondary College, sustained minor head injuries from a gunshot wound after the car was shot at by two young men on a motorcycle.
In an interview with AAP, Mr Suwan said events unfolded very quickly as the vehicle came under fire around 10pm local time.
“It happened so fast; I don’t have enemies with anyone,” he said.
A teacher at the Chiang Mai college for 24 years, Mr Suwan had taken the Australian women to a night market to buy souvenirs from a local market.
“I was very shocked about what happened,” he said.
“There were two shots. There was one and then it all went quiet and it was followed by another.
Both shots shattered the windscreen and rear window.
The gunmen appeared to be teenagers on a motorbike. The second shot came from behind.
“I wasn’t sure if it was a gun or firecrackers. We were driving on the road alone when we were attacked.”
Mr Suwan said he immediately turned around, checked the women in the backseat of the Mitsubishi sedan were all right before driving at high speed to a local hospital.
“I didn’t look at the motorcycle, I just looked back to see if the women were OK,” he said.
After the shot came through the rear window both women told the driver they were fine. But Ms Cody had sustained a minor head wound from shrapnel or broken glass, and received six stitches, Mr Suwan said.
“After the shooting I drove to the hospital as fast as I could. We dialled 191 (the police emergency number) to ask what to do.”
He said there had been no encounter with the motorcycle beforehand, discounting theories the attack may have been triggered by road rage.
It was just bad luck, he said.