Pattaya Daily News

11 December 2012 :: 17:12:11 pm 69289

Two Thai Men Murdered by Mystery Gunman

A Thai landowner and his lawyer were killed by a gunman in front of a Mueang poster shop. They each had been shot once in the neck. Afterwards, the gunman drove calmly away in a pickup truck. Police suspect a boundary dispute with a neighbor as a possible cause.
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CHONBURI – December 10, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 11:30 a.m., a report of two people being shot and injured at an advertising poster shop was received by the rescue officer. He rushed to the scene, and found two wounded men in great pain lying on the ground and crying out for assistance. However, the men soon died because they were shot through their necks.

The victims were identified as Mr. Sommai Chomngarm, age 59, from Mueang in Chonburi province; and Mr. Pallop Trinpada, age 53.

Mr. Pallop owned the land where the shooting occurred, and is also the owner of fertilizer shop in front of Wat Yai, Chonburi province. Mr. Sommai was his lawyer. The rescue officers blockaded the area to wait for the Samed police to inspect the scene, and look for evidence to find out the cause for the gunman to murder the two men.

Someone had heard the loud voices of men arguing before the shootings. Then witnesses saw the gunman escaping after the shootings. The killer was wearing a shirt with a Scott pattern, and drove away in a 4-door, bronze Strada pickup truck with a canopy. The gunman was alone and had used a 9 mm. pistol to shoot each man once.

Police assumed that the gunman intended to shoot the two men, but were unsure if the poster shop owner was also a target. However, the shop owner had just stepped out from the shop for a few minutes when the murders occurred. He was identified as Mr. Thitipong or Bat, and is a member of the Prachatipat political party.

So the police wanted to check the CCTV footage from the shop to see if the gunman’s intended targets had been only the two victims. After investigating, police discovered several possible causes for the murders.

One possible cause was a long-simmering dispute that Mr. Pallop had with a neighbor, who had built a wall in back of the house that Mr. Pallop claimed intruded on his property.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha Thartsart, Commander, Chonburi province, came to see the CCTV footage, after learning from the victim’s wife that the police had earlier been involved in the land dispute

Mr. Pallop’s wife, Mrs. Suwannee Trinpada, age 62, said the couple had worked with a Pol. Sen. Sgt. Maj. Larn in trying to settle the dispute with the neighbor about the encroaching wall. The dispute has been going on for two years, she said. But the problem could not be resolved, so her husband was gunned down in revenge, his wife suggested.

At the time of the murders, Mrs. Suwannee said that her husband and his lawyer had come to see the land. After they were shot, she received a phone call saying that her husband had been murdered in front of the poster shop. Mrs. Suwannee was in great shock and hurried to come to see the body of her husband. She never thought that her husband could be killed because of the problem with the neighbor’s wall.

After Pol. Maj. Gen. saw the CCTV footage, he said there was something about the gunman’s appearance that suggested that he might be a police officer. Furthermore, the gunman had used his gun so efficiently to kill each man with one shot.

The CCTV footage showed that after the gunman shot the two victims, he seemed very cool-headed, and walked calmly to his pickup truck to drive away and escape, as if nothing had happened.

The Pol. Maj. Gen. Katcha assigned police forces to follow up and track down the gunman in the CCTV to prosecute urgently. If murderer is really a police officer, the police commander said he will prosecute the gunman as much as possible and give justice to everyone.

Reporter : Nirach   Photo : Nirach   Category : Crime News

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