'Parking Dispute' Leads To Drive-By Shooting

(10 January) A pair of gunmen have shot into a Norwegian Restaurant in Pattaya, after its owner had allegedly engaged in a parking dispute with several taxi motorcyclists.

At approximately around 01.00 am, Pattaya police was alerted to investigate a four-storey building in Banglamung district, Chonburi province. 
The ground level of the building is operated as a Norwegian restaurant called ?Christiania?, whereas the upper levels are opened as tourists residence, it is reported. The building is also situated close to a flyover bridge, which leads to Bali Hai pier.
In front of the restaurant, police found a golden bronze Honda car, which has a bullet hole shot through its roof. 
It is believed that the group of gunmen fired their weapons from the flyover bridge into the restaurant, after police found the cartridges on the bridge. 
Many foreign tourists were frightened by the incident, and were gathering around to discuss about the shooting when police arrived. 
Mr. Banlue Eiamsri, 28, the owner of the restaurant, told the police that he witnessed the assailants traveling with a motorbike onto the bridge, and fled the area after the shooting.
He also claimed that earlier that day, he had a heated argument with a group of taxi motorcyclists about the parking in front of the restaurant, in which the cyclists claimed he had blocked their way. 
Police said the investigation is currently ongoing, and they had retrieved CCTV footage near the crime scene.



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