Phuket police arrest nine for shooting

Phuket Police arrest nine suspects, eight of whom are minors, for a drive-by revenge shooting that left two men injured in Phuket on October 3. Watthana Suebsak, 18, was shot in the face and seriously injured, while Prasert Chanthip, 35, was also shot and wounded when a group of masked suspects rode by on motorbikes and opened fire.

Police revealed today that the group of nine was led by a 17-year-old, who has since confessed to being the sole shooter on the night of the attack. “The two groups of teens – from Baan Don and Baan Liporn – had a conflict on the last night of the Vegetarian Festival,” Phuket Provincial Police Commander Patchara Boonyasit told the Phuket Gazette.

All nine suspects have been charged with attempted gang murder,” Gen Patchara confirmed. One of the victims, Mr. Prasert, was released from the hospital and able to give a positive identification of the suspects. Gen Patchara told the Gazette today that he had spoken to Governor Nisit Jansomwong about installing more CCTV throughout Phuket in order to help swiftly identify criminals. phuketgazette.com

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