(16 October) A pair of unidentified assailants have shot three people dead at a roadside bar in Prachinburi province, including the owner of the establishment.
The incident took place at an unnamed bar on Prachinburi – Kabinburi Road in the early hours of 15 October. At the scene, the police rescue workers found two injured victims, Mr. Somrak Rattanamora, 32, and Mr. Sunthorn Sornsalab, 34, who was the owner of the bar.
Both were in serious condition, and later died as they were brought to hospital.
Around 100 metres away from the bar, the police uncovered the dead body of Mr. Tawatchai Uttabutr, 32.According to Ms. Rattana Prommalee, the wife of Mr. Sunthorn, earlier in the night Mr. Tawatchai and three other friends, including Mr. Somrak, were drinking at the bar. Around midnight, she said, two individuals wearing medical facemask arrived at the bar in a white Honda car with no license plate.
The assailants got off the car and walked to Mr. Tawatchai′s table, Ms. Rattana said, before discharging their firearms at Mr. Tawatchai and his friends. The bullet struck Mr. Somrak and Mr. Sunthorn, who happened to be standing nearby, but Mr. Tawatchai reportedly ran for his life into an alley near the bar.
However, Ms. Rattana said, the two assailants chased after Mr. Tawatchai, firing their weapons as they went, until the victim fell down, and the suspects proceeded to shoot Mr. Tawatchai multiple times – the police found 11 bullets on his body – before fleeing the scene on their car.
Police officers said Mr. Tawatchai has recently finished his jail sentence for drug trafficking offences, only to resume his business once he got out of prison. Police believe he was the main target of the assassination, as he was known to be involved in disputes with a number of drug dealers.
Mr. Somrak and Mr. Sunthorn were killed by accident, the officers said. The police are still searching for the suspects.
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