A man who flung a glass of liquor at a crowd that jeered him for singing a slow ballad at a party where people were dancing to lively music sparked a response that left his brother dead from multiple bullet wounds and the singer himself in hospital with a slug in his leg.
The shooting occurred during a party at a merit-making ceremony at a temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat, police said on Tuesday.
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Pol Lt Col Arkom Jonnui, an investigating officer at Muang police station, said he received a report of the shooting at Wat Suan Pan in Muang district about 1am.
Songyos Asadong, 31, was shot dead and his brother Pattanapong Asadong, 33, suffered bullet wounds.
Witnesses told police that a party was being held at a merit-making ceremony at the temple. There were more than 100 people in attendance. Many people were dancing to fast music when Pattanapong went on stage, carrying a glass of liquor, and started to sing a slow tune.
Several people in the crowd were unhappy with the change of tempo and booed loudly, telling him to stop singing. Pattanapong became angry and threw his glass at the crowd. The glass hit a man identified as Anucha Klammas, 34.
Mr Anucha then allegedly pulled out a pistol and fired at Mr Pattanapong. However, his brother Songyos got in the way and took three bullets to the body and two in his arm. Mr Pattnapong was hit in his knee.
Songyos succumbed to his wounds on the way to hospital, where his older brother remains for treatment for his wound.
The gunman remains at large.