'New Year Party Invitation' Leads to Fatal Shootings

CHONBURI – A gunman reportedly opened fire on a group of New Year party-goers in Chonburi because he was angered by the way they invited him to join the party.

Two people were killed in the shootings, which took place at around 6.30 pm in front of a house in Phanat Nikhom district last night. 

One of the victims was the owner of the house where the New Year party was taking place, police say, while the other victim has not been yet identified. Two more people were injured by the gunfire.

According to an eyewitness, the victims were drinking and celebrating New Year when a car passed by the party. 

One of the party-goers thought the driver was one of the guests, so he went to the car and asked the driver, "Hey you, are you going to join us at the party or what?" said the eyewitness, who identified himself as Lue.

"The man in the car, who was dressed like a volunteer police officer, shouted back [angrily]: 'Who the hell did you 'hey you' at?'" Lue said, "So I wai him in apology. Then he drove away."

However, the man later returned to the party, got out of his car, and fired "many shots" at the party-goers, according to the witnesses. The perpetrator reportedly "calmly" left the scene afterward. 

Police say they are looking for the suspect. 

 

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