1 killed in Udom Suk motorcycle taxi battle royale

Police stand by as Saturday’s street battle rages in Udom Suk. Still image from a video posted to Facebook by user Aarise Chakonkun.
Police stand by as Saturday’s street battle rages in Udom Suk. Still image from a video posted to Facebook by user Aarise Chakonkun.

A young deliveryman was shot to death Saturday morning after a conflict between Udom Suk motorcycle taxi drivers turned deadly.

Weerawat Peungcroot, 20, was caught in the crossfire when groups of win operating on opposite sides of Soi Sukhumvit 103 went to war in broad daylight, shutting down four lanes of traffic just after 11am, according to digital TV channel One 31.

Video captured of the confrontation show police officers standing by making little effort to bring the situation under control.

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Weerawat had come out of his home and was trying to move his car when he was hit by a bullet. Another bystander was injured and taken to a hospital. Despite saying he had died, police Monday said he was still alive.

Police said they are investigating the violence.

Update: This story has been updated with a revised police account of the casualties.

 

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