(18 November) A man has been killed by the owner of a karaoke bar in Songkhla province, while the owner himself has been stabbed by a knife, police said.
Initial police investigation reported that the deceased, Mr. Wichian Thipchamnong, 41, and his friends visited the bar, called Chiang Rai Karaoke, on the night of 17 November. The group drank at the bar until it closed down at 02.00, at which point a waitress reportedly presented them with a bill.
However, according to police reports, the men said they were unable to pay for it, and the waitress informed the owner of the bar, Mr. Khian Yodchai, 54, who was sleeping upstairs. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Khian reportedly came down to settle the bill with a shotgun in his hand.
Seeing the shotgun, Mr. Wichian and his friends suddenly tried to wrestle the weapon from Mr. Khian, police said. In the confusion, Mr. Khian was stabbed and a friend of Mr. Wichian was also injured, while Mr. Wichian himself was shot by Mr. Khian once he recovered his firearm.
Mr. Khian′s condition is described as severe. It is not immediately clear whether the police have already pressed any charges against any suspect.
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