Tourists flee in terror after deadly shootout between rival JET SKI operators on beach in Thai holiday resort.
Tourists fled in terror after a deadly shootout between rival jet ski operators on a Thai beach.
The two men had been ferrying holidaymakers out to sea on packed travel hot spot Koh Samui island yesterday afternoon.
But Soontree Chaipet, 45, and Tinapot Petcharat, 26, began arguing over one encroaching onto the other’s patch.
CCTV showed the moment each man produced a handgun and opened fire at each other, with tourists at a nearby restaurant running for cover and hiding under tables.
Police arrived at around 4.30pm and found both men in a pool of blood on the white sand. The younger man, Tinapot, later died in hospital.
Horrified onlooker Num Hankit, 30, said: ‘I work near the beach and just heard the bullets and came to look. It’s scary, anybody could be hit by a bullet.
‘People are riding jet skis with guns in their pockets. I cannot believe this happening on a beach.
‘There were more than 100 tourists standing on the beach. They looked shocked. They have a holiday and people are shooting each other. It’s dangerous.’
The older man was driven to hospital by a friend while paramedics performed CPR on Tinapot as tourists in their swimming trunks stood watching in disbelief.
Officers later recovered two weapons, a black 9mm handgun and a smaller silver pistol as well as ammunition on the Chaweng Beach.
Police Major General Apichat Boonsaree from the Bophut station said they believed the reason for the gun fight was a ‘business conflict when renting jet skis to customers’.
He added: ‘Both sides are involved in the business of renting jet skis on the beach and they took up a duel with each other. They were both carrying guns and we understand that they had many arguments with each other before.
‘However, the investigators must speak to all the witnesses and people involved in order to understand the exact cause.
‘Officers arrived and ensured the safety of tourists who were relaxing at the time when the shots could be heard.
‘Police are in attendance at the hospital where the survivor is and will interrogate him once he has regained composure.’
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