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Phuket gangs shoot it out in Patong

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An injured man is taken away by Phuket Police

after a shootout in Patong.

PATONG, PHUKET: -- Tourists ran for their lives when a gunfight erupted between two gangs on the Patong beachfront today. One man was killed and three injured in the Patong shootout.

Bystanders said two gangs of Thai men began shooting at each other on the site of the burned out Jintana shopping center on the Patong beach road in the early afternoon.

One witness said a gang of five Thai men started shooting at a gang of three men. The smaller gang returned fire.

The gunfight moved along the beach road to near the Clublime nightclub.

Police from a nearby checkpoint raced to the scene and organized ambulances to take the injured to hospitals.

One man was taken to Patong Hospital, where he later died.

The other three were taken to the Bangkok International Hospital in Wichit, where they are being treated in the intensive care unit.

Police chased a number of the gunmen down backstreet sois and arrested at least two men.

Police would only reveal the nick names of the men arrested as "Bank" and "Ood".

The dead man is believed to be linked to the dispute over the ownership rights to the Jintana Plaza Shopping Center opposite Loma Park, which has been damaged by fire at least five times in the past two years.

The center's heiress Komkai Kositkoon was murdered in July last year.

Police believe this latest outbreak of violence is linked to a dispute over the Jintana Plaza land. Police confirmed that one of the men arrested had ties to the plaza.

Kathu Police Superintendent Grissak Songmoonark said police recovered a number of bullets and spent cartridges from the scene.

Police were aware of the ongoing dispute and he was confident of arresting all of the men involved in the shootout very quickly, he said.

Tommy Somsanuk, marketing manager of the Clublime nightclub, said he heard a commotion just before the two gangs started shooting at each other.

“People were running for cover everywhere,” he said.

Mr Somsanuk said he saw police chase two men down a shopping soi.

“They caught them both and took them away on the back of a police truck,” he said.

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-- Phuket Gazette 2009-07-21

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Storm in a tea-cup, don't worry about it, it's all under control.

Just remember how nice Thepkassatri road looks with all those nice new trees and flowers now that the new governor is in charge.

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Soon to be the hottest selling item in Patong

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No self respecting tourist will be seen without one. :)

issued as you depart the plane, a mask for the flu, and vest for the bullets.... and heck have some condoms too

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Soon to be the hottest selling item in Patong

Weighted-Training-Vests-x2-vest-small-pic.jpg

No self respecting tourist will be seen without one. :)

issued as you depart the plane, a mask for the flu, and vest for the bullets.... and heck have some condoms too

Don't forget the free whistle for the ladies.

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Soon to be the hottest selling item in Patong

Weighted-Training-Vests-x2-vest-small-pic.jpg

No self respecting tourist will be seen without one. :)

issued as you depart the plane, a mask for the flu, and vest for the bullets.... and heck have some condoms too

When one would think Thai's would come to their senses to bring back tourism, well this incident would surely be a great help!

Funny how this has happened after all the rules and laws for the summit. Really once again does not put much faith in Thai Police or authority.

Someone made comments about Pattaya being good, sorry i live in Patts and you need to watch news. Everyday a shooting or foreigner mugged or robbed and everyday there are more and more incidents.

May be a good idea to now not only offer free visa's but also free medical and personal bodyguard for every person.

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Soon to be the hottest selling item in Patong

Weighted-Training-Vests-x2-vest-small-pic.jpg

No self respecting tourist will be seen without one. :)

issued as you depart the plane, a mask for the flu, and vest for the bullets.... and heck have some condoms too

don't forget to have enough money to pay for any missing bar mats and please make sure you pop in our ever popular duty free shop at BKK on departure;)

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Lousy shots. Eight guys and they only hit four of each other. Somebody needs accuracy training.

How about I take a shot at you and then lets see how accurate you are when your being shot at eh, macho ass!

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off-topic, but brought to mind:

way back in 1968, my brother and I were asked by my dad (then CIA) to show a couple Ghanian men (Ghanian secret service?) around Washington DC on their first day in the USA. We duly powered up our pink convertible day-glow spray painted VW bug, and met the two serious looking dudes in business suits. Not knowing where the heck to go, we rambled aimlessly, and found ourselves going down streets, with smoke coming out of buildings, people ransacking stores (carrying TVs, still in the box), and looking at us strangely. A couple guys walked menacingly toward us carrying baseball bats, we sped off. Turns out we timed our little escapade for the very day Martin Luther King had been assassinated, and blacks throughout American cities were rioting.

ok, I now know the connection to this thread: just when you think it's crazier than looney tunes in Phuket or Pattaya, you can just think back to a time and place where it was just as crazy.

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