Police were called to the Patong Hill Shooting Range at 1:54pm. At the scene was the body of a 40-year-old Estonian man who staff at the range named only as “Andres” with the .45 STI Eagle handgun he had rented still in his right hand.
A staffer at the shooting range said that the man looked stressed.
“He smoked several cigarettes before he went into the shooting range and fired seven consecutive rounds into the target then shot the eighth round into his head,” the staffer told The Phuket News.
The man had left two handwritten notes: one for police to contact his Thai wife at a hotel on Sainamyen Rd in Patong and the other to his sister written in Estonian.
Thung Tong Police have yet to comment on the incident.