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Pattaya motorbiker seriously wounded in early morning shooting

Jack Burton

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PHOTO: The Pattaya News

A Pattaya motorbike taxi driver was seriously early this morning when he was allegedly shot by another motorbike taxi driver following a dispute over money.

Police were notified of the incident at 2:30am. Officers, and emergency responders and reporters rushed to the motorbike taxi stand, where the supervisor, 52 year old Pairoj Laipueangthong, and 21 year old witness Jennapa Kaewta were waiting.

Pattaya motorbiker seriously wounded in early morning shooting | News by Thaiger

PHOTO: The Pattaya News

Jennapa told police that she is the girlfriend of the victim, Battawut Paechuat, aged 28, who sustained serious injuries from a single bullet wound.

She told The Pattaya News that Battawut “sold various consumer goods independently” and had recently taken on the other driver as a business partner with a shared bank account. The dispute was over a financial transaction involving that account and the “lack of transparency” between the two men.

Pattaya motorbiker seriously wounded in early morning shooting | News by Thaiger

The suspect allegedly went to the motorcycle stand and began an argument with the victim before shooting him and fleeing. Pattaya Police have already identified the suspect with the help of witnesses and say he will be in custody shortly.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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