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Thai Police arrest 1 person in Bangkok shooting

Press Trust of India  |  Bangkok 

One person has been arrested for his alleged involvement in a deadly between two rival gangs here in the Thai capital in which an Indian tourist and a man from were killed, a media report said Tuesday.

Gakhrejr Dheeraj, 42, and a tourist from died in the shooting which took place on Sunday on a bustling street in Bangkok's district.

Preecha Sakudompaisan, 28, turned himself in Monday night, and authorities are seeking the arrests of at least five more suspects, according to police

"I believe the perpetrators will continue to surrender," Sutthipong was quoted as saying by Bangkok-based website 'Khaosod English'.

The said at least five firearms, including an assault rifle, were used in the shooting in which five people were injured, including two Thais and two Indians.

Sutthipong said the gangs were playing snooker in a nearby bar before they got into a heated argument, which escalated into a gun battle.

He denied the reports that the perpetrators were connected to local "influential figures".

"Investigators have identified [up to three] suspects," Surachate Hakparn, acting of the Immigration Bureau, told Post.

"We're finding out what each of them did during the fight," Surachate said.

Sutthiphong said the suspects are likely to face murder or attempted murder charges.

Officers inspected the scene Monday including a and an alley linking to Soi Ruamchai.

They found 7.62 mm and 9 mm shells and others fired by a .38 special, leading them to believe that an AK-47 had been used during the gunfight.

said Monday that the authorities had tightened their clampdown on the illegal possession of firearms and confiscated a number of weapons.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 12:45 IST
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