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Phuket tuk-tuk driver shot by rival near Bangla Road

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A Patong tuk-tuk driver has become the latest victim of Phuket’s taxi wars, after he was shot by a “rival” in the early hours of yesterday, September 3. The Phuket News reports that the shooting took place on the busy Rat-U-Thit 200 Pi Road, near the intersection of the busy walking street, Bangla Road.

At around 12.45am, Patong Police were notified of the shooting near the T-intersection where many taxis and tuk tuks stop or pick up customers. However, by the time they arrived on the scene, the suspect had already fled in his pink tuk-tuk. He was subsequently named as 36 year old Kosit Phromphiwat.

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According to the Phuket News the victim, 42 year old Phongsak Pengporu, was shot once in the right side of his abdomen and once in his left thigh. Police recovered three .380-calibre cartridge cases and one additional bullet from the scene. Mr Phongsak’s red tuk-tuk had bullet holes in the windshield and the driver’s side window.

According to some Thai media reports, the shooting was the culmination of a yet, another row over customers.

So far, there has been no update from the authorities on the condition of the victim and the local rescue workers didn’t confirm the severity of his injuries.

SOURCE: The Phuket News

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