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One man was stabbed and shot seven times and many were injured as two shooters opened fire at a Bangkok nightclub on New Year’s Day.
An argument had seethed between two groups of people who had been drinking since Saturday evening at the Long Chom Restaurant in the Nong Jork area of the city, reports Thairath.
Witnesses said that after midnight two men opened fire on a group of people who had gone onto a live music stage to dance.
One man – Suchart Sakeeree, 33 – went to the aid of a woman who was shot. One of the shooters then pulled out a knife and stabbed him before he was shot seven times.
He died later in hospital.
Six other people whose ages ranged from 27 to 37 were shot once or twice each.
Police found three .33 and 14 nine millimeter shell casings at the scene.
Witnesses said that the names of the shooters were “Sut” and “Moo”.
Police held a crisis meeting later in the day – they know the identity of the gunmen and an arrest warrant was being sought.
The restaurant featured live music and had only been open two months. All the victims were in a group of 30 who had started drinking at 5pm. Another group of seven that contained the gunmen had arrived later and sat nearby.
An argument had started when people were bumped into while dancing but things escalated later when a female in the attackers’ group had a problem with one from the victims’ group and a fist fight began.
Then the shooting started.