Hua Hin motorbike taxi driver shot dead after fight over foreign passenger

A motorcycle taxi driver in Hua Hin allegedly shot and killed another driver after a fight over a foreign passenger, Thai media report. The 62-year-old victory driver was shot dead in the Hua Hin nightlife district of Soi Ha Yaek in the southern province of Prachuap Kiri Khan.

Officers from the Hua Hin Police Station found the driver lying on the ground with two gunshot wounds to the chest and shoulder. Police reviewed CCTV footage of nearby bars and restaurants and found videos showing two winning drivers talking to each other before one shot the other. The shooter fired again after the victim collapsed to the ground, then fled on a motorcycle.

A team of 20 police went to the suspected gunman’s home on Soi Hua Na 11 and spent an hour persuading the suspect to turn himself in, Thai media report. Officers searched his home and found a .38 pistol hidden under the bed.

The 48-year-old suspect reportedly confessed to shooting the winning driver, saying they fought over a foreign passenger. The victim had driven the passenger to a cafe and planned to pick up the stranger afterwards, but the suspect says he stopped by the cafe before the victim arrived. The two men later argued and the winning pilot reportedly shot the other for accusing him of stealing a passenger.

SOURCE: Channel 7

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