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Two foreign tourists killed after gang shoot out at Bangkok mall

Two foreign tourists have died after they were caught up in shooting between rival gangs in a downtown Bangkok car park last night.

Two other Thai men are in hospital with gunshot wounds.

There are reports that long range Aga war weapons were used in the shooting.

Indian tourist Gakhrer Dheeraj, 42 was pronounced dead at the Police Hospital last night.

Sharma Dhamendra, 45, also from India is in a critical condition at Ratchawithi Hospital.

Laotian tourist Keovongsa Thonekeo, 28, died later in hospital.

Two Thais – Thaksin Sukiat, 22, and Pornthep Phumpuang, 23 are in Chulalongkorn Hospital with gunshot wounds.

The shooting occurred in a car park behind the Centara Watergate Pavilion shopping center in Ratchaprarop district.

Witness Julie Sawang-arun, 62, told Thai Rath that she is a guide. The parking area is for tour buses and the tourists from India went there to go to an Indian restaurant and do some shopping.

While some were waiting to get back on the bus a gang of 20 youths from a nearby snooker hall emerged into the area and were confronted by three men with what she described as war weapons.

The three men indiscriminately shot at the gang of 20 and the tourists were caught in the crossfire.

Phayathai police are investigating the incident.

Police teams in the area found a restaurant and drinks stall riddled with bullets and shell casings in the area.

Thai VisaThai Rath

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