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On the night of the 7th of July the police got a report of an accident involving a man that had been shot while driving his car near Moo 4 in Maret Koh Samui. Police and detectives went to investigate the scene and found a black Honda Accord with the number plate KC5163 Ratchaburi at the side of the road with a broken driver’s side window.
They discovered a lot of blood on the floor at the scene and identified the man who had been shot as Mr Chamnanvit (Rak) thong-lue aged 44. Mr Chamnanvit had sustained four gunshot wounds to his chest and five 9mm casings were found at the scene of the crime. He died en route to the hospital.
According to the deceased’s girlfriend, they had been drinking in a club in Chaweng late into the night before heading back towards Lamai in the car. They noticed they were being followed by a motorbike being ridden by a man with a passenger riding pillion. The motorbike driver accelerated and drew level with the car as Mr Chamnanvit slowed down to take a corner. The pillion passenger, who is believe to be in his early twenties, then shot Mr Chamnavit though the driver side window. The motorbike then sped off in the direction of Lamai. Mr Chamnavit’s girlfriend was unharmed by the shots and immediately called EMS for help.
The police believe that the gunman was experienced in using firearms as only one of the occupants of the car was hit and the location of the bullet wounds suggest he intended to quickly kill the victim without harming his passenger.
The police have reports that the victim as a known figure in Lamai with a history of involvement in drugs who had been arrested several times but was never convicted. It has also been reported that he may have owed a substantial amount of money to somebody who may have arranged the shooting in revenge for non payments of debts. The police are currently analyzing CCTV footage of the incident.