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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.

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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?

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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 ;-)

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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.

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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 infirmed or ordered by Courts to be so incompetent, so it cannot be said to be said to be discriminatory. Foreigners are still able to retain their firearm permits prior to the enactment. 

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Eagle | 16 October 2017 - 15:13:08

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

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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, so "a" is the correct use. 

In the comment, the adverb "too" should be used not the preposition "to"

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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 translation, but on the surface it seems, by UN, standards, to be racist. This racist attitude is something foreign embassies should be taking up with Thailand.

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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.

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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 parade of thai criminals.
More clear I can't explain. 

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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 !

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