PM demands action after two die in gang gunfight

PM demands action after two die in gang gunfight

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to ensure the safety of local residents after a gunfight between two local gangs on Wednesday night left two dead and injured seven in Ubon Ratchathani.

"The premier is concerned about people's safety. He has instructed police chief Pol Gen Suwat Jangyodsuk to oversee the case and quickly bring the wrongdoers to face justice," said government spokesman Thanakorn Wangboonkongchana.

The incident occurred around 11.53pm when two local gangs opened fire on each other in a car park at Nikorn Thani night market, near the Big C superstore in Muang district, said Pol Lt Kiarttichart Satho, deputy investigation chief at Muang station.

Emergency responders sent to the scene found nine young men, aged about 20-25 years, had been shot. They were rushed to three nearby hospitals. Two who were shot in the head and body were pronounced dead. No innocent bystanders were injured, said police.

At least 70 spent cartridges from various types of guns including shotguns, 9MM, 11MM and .45 pistols were found scattered over the parking area. Five vehicles were damaged.

Witnesses told police they heard a loud quarrel between two groups of young men. The quarrel quickly escalated to violence with many gunshots fired. The gunfire continued for about 10 minutes.

Pol Lt Kiarttichart said a preliminary investigation found the Kham Yai gang and the Hat Wat Tai gang were involved.

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