A 23-year-old Thai man was fatally shot outside the Silver Star 2 GoGo bar on soi 7.
The victim may have been accidentally shot by a gunman, who apparently meant to kill his drinking companion. Others opened fire on the gunman as he ran down soi 7, wounding him seriously as he collapsed.
When police reached the scene, they found one victim lying on the ground in a pool of blood, crying out in pain. He had been shot four times: in his right shoulder, stomach, in the middle of his back, and under his right armpit.
The officers checked on two more victims, including one who was fatally shot. The dead victim was shot on his left cheek bone, and also through his left ribs, with the bullet severing an artery in his heart and killing him.
After initial investigation by police, it appeared that the killer had armed himself with a gun to seek revenge on another man over a previous dispute. The man who was killed was drinking with the intended victim.
Then other men with guns shot the killer four times as he was trying to run away and escape down soi 7.
Update: High Noon! +/- 12 hours
29th December 2012. From Thai Visa
with thanks to Dick Farang
Dick Farang noted that local press reports put the time of the shooting at 5pm and 4am.
However an eye witness added his experience to the Thai Visa forum and noted that the shooting occurred at around 3am:
OK as I was there I will put this story straight. We went inside the bar at around 3.00am (approx) We herd about 3 pops outside and I saw the security run inside, one had blood coming out of his neck. It turned out to be a flesh wound. within a
min all the staff were armed and went out.
We left about 5 mins later and outside there were at least 20 Thais arguing. At this point I did not see anyone fatally wounded outside like several stories have suggested. Apparently the fatality was shot in the head. Well I do not think he
was shot in the head with the initial 3 shots anyway otherwise I would have seen him floored outside! We walked away and the police sirens where coming from the top and bottom of the soi. So all this secondary shooting must have erupted in the
presence of the police as the guy lay on the beach road looked very similar to one of the Thais who was arguing outside.
To me it seems a second bout of shooting must have started shortly after we got off. It was like the gun fight at the OK coral, EVERYONE was carrying.