Shootout At Bhumjai Thai Party Conference Left 1 Dead

(5 May) Bhumjai Thai Party conference ended in tragedy, with party members fighting and shooting each other in the face over a card game at a 5 star hotel in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province.

Earlier today police received reports of a gunshot victim at Ban Glang Aow Beach Resort, situated along the beach of Bang Sa Phan district. Officers, a doctor on call at Bang Sa Phan hospital, and volunteer rescue workers rushed to the scene.

The body of Mr. Nirut Srinuan, 30, was found in the connecting walkway of the hotel lying face up, wearing an orange t-shirt and ¾ length pants. The body had a gunshot wound in the forehead. 4,400 baht and several ATM cards were found in his wallet.

Investigations revealed that the victim was a party member of Bhumjai Thai Party who attended the party conference with 50 other party members. After the conference and the accompanying banquet, the victim and Mr. Yootana Poompaeng, 27, along with 5 other party members, stayed for drinks and a card game, which is where the incident took place.

After the game, the victim left for his room, but Mr. Yootana followed him and called him back to clear up the dispute since there was 1 card missing from the deck. A violent exchange ensues and, out of anger, Mr.Yootana shot the victim in the face, killing him instantly. He then drove away in his car.

A senior police officer said that they were collecting evidence on this case. All witnesses were called in for questioning, and an arrest warrant has been issued for Mr. Yootana. Currently, the suspect already had his relatives contact the police about his surrender.

Pol.Maj.Gen. Tanet Soontarasook, commander of the Prachuap Khiri Khan police force, said that the case is still in its initial evidence collection stage, and that if the suspect did not surrender himself up, the police would have to seek the approval of the court to issue a warrant for arrest.

He said the suspect will visit Tongchai police station on May 7th for further questioning.