Police seek well-known gambler for shooting

Police seek well-known gambler for shooting

Sia Po: Spotted at the scene
Sia Po: Spotted at the scene

A prominent gambler is being sought by police after he was accused of wounding two men during a gunfight in Bangkok.

The shooting happened in front of the Saree Sauna & Spa shop on Ratchaphruek Road, Bang Wa district, about 10.30pm on Tuesday.

Two men with gunshot wounds were taken to Siriraj Hospital but police had not released their identities by late yesterday.

It is claimed they were shot by 28-year-old Apirak Chat-anon, aka "Sia Po'', a self-professed gambler who likes to post videos about gambling and money on his popular Facebook page. He is to be summoned for questioning.

Pol Col Luesak Damnoensawat, chief of Phasicharoen police, said the shooter's identity had not yet been confirmed and that investigators would examine CCTV footage and question witnesses.

He said the two sides were each asking police to take action against the other.

Pol Gen Su- chart Theerasawat, deputy national police chief, said it was not yet certain that Mr Apirak was the person who had shot the men, although he was certainly there at the time.

Two rival groups are said to have quarrelled and then made an appointment via social media to meet at the massage shop.

Police said one group comprised youths from the Charan Sanitwong area and the other was led by Khemmathat Chat-anon, Mr Apirak's younger brother, and his associates.

Forensic officers collected at least 10 spent cartridges scattered over the scene.

The wounded were identified by Thai media as Natthapong Khlongbanchee, who was shot in the backside, and Chamriang Tabor, who was reported to have been shot in the mouth.

Mr Natthapong's older sister, Natda Khlongbanchee, posted a photo of the shooting on her Facebook page, said there were CCTV cameras at the shop and called for justice for the victims.

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