First casualty: Shots fired, man down

A man believed to be an anti-government protester was wounded by a gunshot near a blockade of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) late Sunday night.

It was the first casualty of what could be a long siege of the city, as the anti-government protesters built barricades and erected stages at key intersections in the capital. (Story continues after the photo.)

Samran Chanthong-orn, 20, was shot by an unidentified gunman as he was walking near a roadblock on Chaeng Wattana Road 10 minutes before midnight Sunday, the Daily News Online and Manager Online reported.

He was sent to Mongkutwattana General Hospital.

Police were quoted as saying that the man was not a PDRC security guard. It is unknown if he is a supporter or opponent of the contentious Bangkok Shutdown operation.

The Government Complex is one of eight places barricaded for the Bangkok shutdown.

There are two stages on Chaeng Wattana, one in front of the Department of Special Investigation near the entrance to the actual complex, and another near Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, blocking much of the public access to the normally heavily travelled route, according to protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban.

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