22-Year-Old Shot Dead After Turning Down Snooker Challenge: Police

KAMPHAENG PHET – A man was gunned down at a snooker lounge in Kamphaeng Phet province after he turned down a challenge from a stranger, police say.

According to police, the 22-year-old victim was shot dead at around 8 pm last night in Mueang district.

The victim, named Wirat, was reportedly playing snooker with four friends at the lounge when a stranger arrived on a motorcycle and challenged him to a game, said Pol.Lt.Col. Suwicha Techawannawuth, an officer at Mueang Kamphaeng Phet Police Station.

"He was shouting, who's got the skill here? Let's see who's better at the game," Pol.Lt.Col. Suwicha told reporters, citing witnesses' testimonies. 

The stranger, who was said to be intoxicated at the time, was reportedly angry that no one would play a game with him, and left furiously on his motorcycle.

However, he returned ten minutes later with a shotgun, walked up to Wiwat, and shot him point-blank, shouting, "I'm the real man," according to Pol.Lt.Col. Suwicha. The suspect then reportedly fled the scene. 

Saneh, the 67-year-old owner of the establishment, said Wiwat doesn’t often visit the lounge, and is a married man who doesn't have disputes with anyone.

“I think this incident happened because the [perpetrator] was extremely drunk," Saneh said. 

Police say they are still searching for the suspect.

According to Pol.Lt.Col. Suwicha, all police units in the province have been informed to be extra careful, as the suspect is believed to be "armed and dangerous."

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