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Hill tribe woman, 23, shot dead in Phuket Town

PHUKET: A 23-year-old woman from a northern hill tribe was shot dead in the early hours of this morning (July 8) whilst she was sat drinking with her husband and friends at a mini-mart in Phuket Town.

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Friday 8 July 2016, 05:04PM

The shooting took place at a mini-mart on Phang Nga Rd. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
The shooting took place at a mini-mart on Phang Nga Rd. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Lt Col Taksin Pinyothepprasan, an investigator from Phuket City Police was notified of the shooting at 4am.

Police arrived at the scene, a three-storey commercial building on Phang Nga Rd, to find Ms Wei Lang lying on the ground inside the building in a pool of blood. There was a single gunshot wound to her forehead.

Also inside the shop was the woman’s husband Mr Da Zhe, 31, who is also the shop owner and a Chinese tour guide and two friends. Mr Da had sustained a small wound to his stomach.

Police were told that prior to the incident, Mr Da had been drinking with Ms Wei and the two friends inside the shop. The shop was closed so the door had been locked and the curtains closed.

Suddenly the group heard gunshots coming from outside the shop. Mr Da then realised that his wife had been shot. We were then called to the scene,” said Lt Col Taksin.

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He added, “We found four 9mm bullet casings outside the shop, and there were three bullet holes in the shop window.

“We believe that the shots were fired from a car as it passed the shop,” he added.

One witness told police that prior to the shooting, one man, believed to drunk, went to a another convenience store on Phang Nga Rd and used the gun to intimidate another man who had looked at him.

The man with the gun then tried to follow the man, who had left on a motorbike, but could not find him. He then parked in front of Mr Da’s shop and started shooting.

Police are currently investigating the incident and hope to find the suspect soon.



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samhayman | 09 July 2016 - 01:25:30

Another day, another murder in Phuket. Time for new control control laws.

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Seaturtle55 | 08 July 2016 - 20:31:49

May they find the responsible pos sooner than later.....R.I.P. Ms Wei Lang and sincere condolences to Mr Da Zhe, family and any other loved ones!!!

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