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On the 29th June, 2015 at 06:40 police in Koh Samui received a report that a fatal shooting had taken place near the Hin Lat Waterfall Bridge at Hin Lat Waterfall Temple. On arrival at the scene the authorities discovered the body of Mr. Chalerm Kampeerapap, a 57 year-old Buddha sculpture maker. The deceased had gunshot wounds to both his head and his body.
During the investigation two of Mr. Chalerm’s workmates who witnessed the shooting told the police that they had walked with Mr. Chalerm to the temple to work as they usually did however on this occasion they were followed by a large tall man who overtook the two workmates in order to pursue Mr. Chalerm. When the man caught up with Mr. Chalerm he shot him approximately four times. Mr. Charlerm dropped to the ground and as the gunman made his escape on a motorbike.
Pol.Col. Paitoon Krajajang, Superintendent of Samui Police Station revealed that after the investigation that the victim was an upstanding member of the community, liked by the people in the area and had never had a fight nor conflict with anyone; therefore, the police have not yet identified the shooter’s motives. The police will continue to investigate this case thoroughly. Pol.Col. Paitoon has ordered Samui Police to check CCTV in the area near where the shooting took place to uncover further evidence.