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UPDATE: Win motorbike shooter turns himself in

Caitlin Ashworth

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A 55 year old motorbike taxi driver turned himself in after an alleged shootout in front of a Samut Prakan Big C. Witnesses say 2 groups of motorbike taxi drivers, known as win, allegedly fired shots at each other in a so-called turf war, according to Thai media.

Somjet Pojaroen, a former assistant village headman who runs a motorbike taxi business, handed over his .22 revolver to police. He’s facing charges of possessing a gun without a license and discharging firearms in public.

The Big C recently opened up last month. About 10 days ago, a new group of win drivers set up a station in front of the shopping centre, just 50 metres away from a win station that has been around for years, a nearby resident says.

Pojaroen says the shootout started when a win driver from another group picked up a passenger in what Pojaroen says was “my area.”

“A few minutes later, (the driver) showed up with some 20 men and demanded an explanation. I saw he was armed with a gun, so I rushed to grab my gun from my backpack, when his group chased and fired at me. I had no choice but to fire back.”

Several shots were fired between the 2 groups. Police say 8 bullet casings on the ground and bullet holes were in a nearby parked car. No one was injured in the shootout.

“I decided to turn myself in to show that I was defending myself and have no intention to escape.”

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

 

 

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    sam thompson

    Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Well it is reassuring to know that motorcycle taxi drivers routinely carry firearms…..but remember this and just avoid getting into an argument with any of them, perchance……

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 12:45 pm

    “Its a fair cop governor but society is to blame.”
    We claim our right as Thais to establish a monopoly on this business and charge well over the proper rate.
    We claim our right to protect our swindles as Thais citizens.
    I give myself up because I know you have a recording of me, and my license plate on CCTV.
    Who do I give the brown envelope to?

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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