The crime scene on soi 17 in South Pattaya, cordoned off after a motorcycle taxi driver was shot dead on Tuesday. (Photo: Chaiyot Pupattanapong)
A motorcycle taxi driver was killed by a gunman in Pattaya on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Prathum Sa-ardnak, 47, who worked from a queue at Bali Hai Bay in South Pattaya, was shot in the head about 1.30pm by a man with a handgun.
Police recovered a cartridge from the scene.
Prathum had dropped off a passenger just before he was murdered.
Prisda Klabpong, 28, told police she had returned from a trip to Koh Lan and hired Prathum to take her from Bali Hai pier to an area where she had parked her car.
As she was opening her car door, she heard the sound of a gunshot. Startled, she spun around and saw Prathum drop to the ground.
She saw a black Honda PCX motorcycle with two men on it speed away. She did not notice the motorcycle's licence plate number.
Other details were not known. Police were beginning an investigation.
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cartridge : a small metal tube containing a bullet and an explosive substance that is fired from a gun - ปลอกกระสุนปืน
hire : to pay someone to work for you - จ้าง
licence plate : a flat piece of metal or plastic on the front and back of a vehicle that shows its license number - แผ่นป้ายทะเบียนรถยนต์
queue : a line of people waiting for something - คิว
scene : site; a place where something happens or happened - สถานที่เกิดเหตุ
startled : to be suddenly very surprised in a way that slightly shocks or frightens you - ผวา, ขวัญหาย