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03 December 2012 :: 19:12:16 pm 69074

Brit Kills Self at Ko Samui Shooting Range

A 35-year-old British tourist shot 10 times at a paper target in a Ko Samui shooting range. For his next shot, he put the .38 caliber gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. The shocked employee nearby had no time to react. Police have not found a motive for the suicide.
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SURAT THANI – December 2, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; a report of a tourist shooting himself at a shooting range was received by Pol. Maj. Capt. Suteep Chadakarn, officer of the shift, Ko Samui, Surat Thani. He rushed to the scene with Pol. Lt. Col. Thanawat Sukata, detective inspector of the Ko Samui police station.

The incident was reported by the staff of the shooting gallery, the Surat Thani Shooting Association, third branch, at 33/3 Moo 2, Muang, Ko Samui.

At the scene, police found the body of the foreigner lying in a supine position. He was wearing black-and-white plaid shorts and a short-sleeved black shirt.

The man had died from a self-inflicted gunshot that went through his brain. There were traces of carbon powder from the wound under his chin. The gun he had fired was a .38 caliber with a cylinder head. His passport identified the victim as Zach Smith, age 35, nationality British. He also had 7,000 baht in cash.

Police questioned the shooting gallery employee, Mr. Sittichai Nuicharern, age 26. He told police that Mr. Zach had driven up in a black Suzuki F1 vehicle. The Britisher had rented a .38 caliber handgun and bought 21 bullets.

Mr. Sittichai followed him to the shooting channel, where people could shoot at a paper target 12 yards away. Mr. Sittichai was standing to the left of Mr. Zach while he was firing his gun. After shooting 6 bullets, Mr. Zach then reloaded another 6 bullets into his gun.

But after firing the fourth bullet, Mr. Zach then put the gun under his chin and pulled the trigger. The Britisher fell to the floor after the gun discharged. Mr. Sittichai was shocked, but had no time to react since it happened so fast. So he notified the police.

Later, Pol. Col. Jamnote Kaewkhao, director of Samui police station, brought the forensic staff to check the scene and gather evidence thoroughly. The Pol. Maj. Gen. Rachata Yensuang also came to personally follow the case.

Because the testimony of Mr. Suttichai was not suspicious, the police commander assumed that Mr. Razak had killed himself from his personal problem. The Samui police also contacted the embassy to ask for more information about the victim and a possible cause for his suicide.

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