Pattaya Daily News

08 December 2012 :: 14:12:18 pm 69206

Gunman Shoots The Driver of Pattaya’s Mayor

A gunman riding in a black car shot the driver of Pattaya Lord Mayor Itthipol Khunplome three times while he was driving a motorbike to take his wife home. The driver is still in a coma at the hospital. His wife said her husband never had a quarrel with anyone, and she has no idea why he was shot.
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PATTAYA – December 8, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 4 a.m., a report of a man being shot and seriously injured was received by Pol. Lt. Phurit Chanabordee, investigation police on duty at Banglamung police station. He rushed to inspect the scene with Pol. Col. Supphachai Phuikaewkham, Superintendent, Banglamung police station, and the detective police team.

The incident occurred in front of Netureza “North Pattaya” project, near the bridge 1 on the side of the road Chaipornvithee (Soi Nong Preu) Moo 12 Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung, Chonburi province.

At the scene, police found a big pool of blood and the fallen motorbike of the injured man, who had already been sent to Pattaya Memorial hospital by the rescue officer of Sawangboribul Pattaya foundation.

The police made notes for their records of the crime scene and then hurried to the hospital to check on the victim. The injured man was identified as Mr. Kamol Supatsaksakul or Bo, age 45, living in Tambon Nong Preu, Amphur Banglamung.

Mr. Kamol works as the driver for Mr. Itthipol Khunplome, the Lord Mayor of Pattaya. Mr. Kamol was shot three times with an unknown caliber gun: in his right cheek; through the left cheek under his left ear; and in his right armpit.

Mr. Kamol was severely injured because the bullets had hit vital areas of his body. He was in a coma and receiving urgent care from doctors. Members of his family were at the hospital, including his daughter, son-in-law; and his wife, identified as Mrs. Sunisa Kongkaew, age 45.

Mrs. Sunisa had been a passenger on the motorbike being driven by her husband when he was shot. Mrs. Sunisa was still frightened and crying, and there was a stain of blood on her body from her husband’s bleeding.

Mrs. Sunisa said she and her husband were riding a motorbike to return home, after closing their family-owned liquor shop at the port of Laem Balihai in south Pattaya. Her husband was the motorbike driver, and she was his passenger. They were going to their house in Uerh Arthon project in Na Kleu.

They were riding on Chaipornvithee road (Soi Nong Prue) for about 500 meters, and at the bridge 1, Mrs. Sunisa saw they were being followed by a black car.  She did not notice what model car it was, or its license plate number.

The black car suddenly pulled up alongside them. Then the gunman opened the window on the left side of the car beside the driver, and took out a gun to shoot her husband three times. Then the car escaped into the soi. Her husband was bleeding a lot, and he told Mrs. Sunisa to notify the police, and inform the rescue officer to take him to the hospital.

After police heard Mrs. Sunisa’s testimony, the doctor informed officers that Mr. Kamol was in critical condition. He was still in a coma and was bleeding heavily because the bullets had hit vital areas.

 

In the hospital, Mr. Kamol’s wife and relatives were crying a lot and hoping desperately for his survival. They pleaded with the police to find and arrest the gunman. Mrs. Sunisa had no idea why the gunman shot her husband, but apparently the gunman had intended to shoot only him, and let her survive.

She told police that her husband always had good behavior, and was diligent and never had a quarrel with anyone. Usually after finishing work, her husband helps their daughter who operates the liquor shop.

The police questioned Mr. Kamol’s son-in-law Mr. Oh. He told police that he had been helping Mr. Kamol to take care of customers at the liquor shop as usual. After finishing work, every night Mr. Kamol drives his motorbike to take Mrs. Sunisa back home, he said.

Nothing unusual had happened on the night Mr. Kamol was shot, Mr. Oh said. He didn’t know the reason for the shooting, since the members in his family never had a quarrel with anyone before.

But because the gunman was riding in a black car, Mrs. Sunisa mentioned that there is a frequent customer of the shop named Mr. Best, who always comes in a black car and has many friends in gangs. Also, Mr. Best always has arguments with other people in their shop, she said.

On the night of the shooting, Mr. Best had earlier come to the shop and almost had a quarrel with other people again. But Mr. Oh forbade them to make trouble. But Mr. Oh still could not confirm whether Mr. Best was involved in the shooting or not.

The Banglamung police superintendant, Pol. Col. Supphachai Phuikaewkham, came to talk to the wife of Mr. Kamol and personally lead the investigation. He commanded the detection police team to inspect the incident point to look for any spent bullet shells left by the gunman, but officers did not find any.

He also commanded the police to inspect the route that the shooting victims normally used to return home from the liquor store, to find the CCTVs that might have recorded photos of the gunman’s car.

He also sent the police to inspect the suspicious customer, Mr. Best, who was mentioned by the son-in-law. The police assumed there could have been many possible causes for the shooting, ranging from a personal matter to a work or business-related dispute.

But the police will investigate further to find the exact cause, and continue to question the wife of the injured, his daughter and witnesses. Police will keep looking for evidence to follow up to arrest the gunman to prosecute according to the law.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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