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Patong pub shooter surrenders to police

PHUKET: The man wanted for shooting another man at the Hollywood pub on Bangla Rd in Patong early this morning has surrendered himself to Patong Police.

By The Phuket News

Thursday 12 October 2017, 05:55PM

Manus 'Ta' Pongsupakit, 34, is caught on CCTV fleeing the scene of the shooting. Image via Patong Police

Manus 'Ta' Pongsupakit, 34, is caught on CCTV fleeing the scene of the shooting. Image via Patong Police

Manus “Ta” Pongsupakit, 34, was wanted for shooting Pongwarit Tiptara, 27, shot once in the leg and once in the back, with a bullet piercing a lung.

Mr Pongwarit was rushed to Patong Hospital and later transferred to Vachira Phuket Hospital in Phuket Town.

His current condition has yet to be confirmed.

The shooting occurred after Manus and Mr Pongwarit bumped shoulders while leaving the pub when it closed at about 2:45am. (See story here.)

Manus surrendered himself to police at Patong Police Station at 4:50pm, Patong Police Chief Col Tassanai Orarigdech confirmed to The Phuket News.

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Police by that time had already identified Manus as the shooter and had launched a search for him after seeing him flee the scene on CCTV.

“We now have the suspect Manus ‘Ta’ Pongsupakit, 34, in custody. He came to the police station himself and surrendered,” Col Tassanai said.

“Manus told us that he threw the gun into the sea. We are still questioning him now,” Col Tassanai added.

Col Tassanai declined to comment further on the case.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood pub has been ordered to close for seven days while police continue their investigation into the shooting.



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Jor12 | 17 October 2017 - 22:08:46

Seems some people have difficulty in comprehending. The law was only passed on Thursday 5 October 2017.  It hasn't yet been published in the Gazette, so I don't know what comic book they read. Foreigners are still able to retain their firearm permits prior to the enactment. What's so difficult about that?

malczx7r | 17 October 2017 - 13:37:29

Seems someone is upset as they are found out to be not as smart as they think they are ;-)

Kurt | 16 October 2017 - 20:48:28

Seems some readers here not read Bangkok Post and the Royal Gazette.
Both wrote about a special new weapon law in Thailand,.. about foreigner only...
Foreigners are not able to keep their firearm any longer when their present fire arm expires.

Jor12 | 16 October 2017 - 15:38:58

Why on earth would anyone need to own a firearm in Thailand...or anywhere else for that matter except for occupational necessity? According to Thailand gun laws certain people cannot own firearms - now to include non Thailand nationals - such as not having a permanent residence; no job or income; those having criminal convictions; infirm or disabled so unable to use a firearm properly; mentally in...

Eagle | 16 October 2017 - 15:13:08

How about using the word "An" before ...! You should apply as a proofreader here.What an a......!

Jor12 | 16 October 2017 - 14:22:22

Thailand doesn't prosecute illegal gun possession? you must be joking. As it was rightly pointed out... "common sense isn't given to everyone !

The rule for using the indefinite articles "a" or "an" is the sound that begins the word which follows these indefinite articles rather than the letter. In this case "Anti Weapon Law" is an open compound word, ...

Rorri_2 | 16 October 2017 - 11:35:06

It is true no country has managed to stop the carrying/use of illegal weapons, what the antagonists,  on PN, simply choose to ignore, for their own sake of being argumentative, is that many countries prosecute offenders, both with high fines and/or jail terms, here they don't, unless you are a foreigner. As for the law forbidding foreigners owning firearms, we have not seen the exact translati...

malczx7r | 16 October 2017 - 10:45:27

How about using the word "An" before a vowel and not "A"!  

I agree to much discrimination here.

Kurt | 16 October 2017 - 09:34:44

The point is: When Thailand has the aspirations of becoming an outward looking Thailand 4.0, it only should make new non discriminatory laws.
Laws for all inhabitants, thai and foreign.
Not just making laws for 0.1% foreigners, of which most are coming and going anyway, and exclude the 99.9% thai population, among which are the bulk of illegal weapon position, seen the regular police photo parad...

Eagle | 15 October 2017 - 22:37:15

A "Anti Weapon Law"for all Thais would stop the killing in the deep South? You must be kidding ! Do you think they got their weapon by law? How about a "Anti bomb law"as most people there die by explosives? Would that help ? But again,common sense isn't given to everyone !

Kurt | 15 October 2017 - 17:06:47

Some readers missed the point here.
Thailand made a law  ( possession of guns/arms) focused on foreigners only. 
That new law doesn't count for the 99.9% of the thai inhabitants.

As we read almost daily about the many thai shooting each other, and that start at age 15 years old, most thai drugs runners are paraded in police stations with arms and guns. 
What is this saying?
Not yet talk...

Jor12 | 14 October 2017 - 16:09:24

I'd say that's because there are more Thai's than ex-pats. Give examples of how gun laws can be enforced. The US permits carriage of guns, but even they can't stop random shootings.

Kurt | 14 October 2017 - 14:19:49

A good ENFORCED gun law, for EVERYBODY in Thailand, could contribute to a safer Thailand.
Of course, never 100%, but just focusing on 0.1 % ( foreigners), and not on the rest, 99.9% thai. doesn't make sense.
To many thai shoot thai, right?

Eagle | 14 October 2017 - 11:50:13

Could any gun law prevent people from doing such stupid things? No,as it is far to easy to buy a gun on the black market.What makes me wonder is,that someone thinks that all criminal gun owners are Thai.Someone could find many stories about foreign criminals using a gun or owning a gun in Thailand.But probably someone doesn't read such stories,as they would not fit into his "Bad Thai-Good...

Kurt | 13 October 2017 - 14:04:29

Quite actual ( BangkokPost), just this week a new thai gun/arm law came in place.
That new law forbid foreigners in Thailand to own a gun.
Foreigners having presently a permit + gun may keep gun until their permit expires, than have to hand in their gun.

I am puzzled, why a law only to forbid foreigner ( 0.1% of the populations) to own a gun, while the 99.9% thai gun owning population are not...

simon01 | 13 October 2017 - 11:53:24

This "Club" has a reputation as a "dodgy" place where the wanna be mafia and other unwanted elements of Patong go. The security is a joke. Check the bag to see if there is any drink inside and a tap on the pockets if you are a tourist. If you are a known expat or local then there is nothing. No wonder there is not more things like this in there. The security's main job seem...

Kurt | 12 October 2017 - 19:46:20

Yes, yes, I go to a pub and bring my gun. 
And when I bump shoulders I will shoot the other, even in his back.
After that I throw away the gun.
Sorry that I did this. I am mentally disturbed. This is me.
Now I wonder how much will the fine be, perhaps 1000 thb or so?
After all I did not kill him.

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