Police name two more suspects in Ubon gang gunfight

A promotional image for the Ekkamai 487 hip-hop club posted to Facebook.
A promotional image for the Ekkamai 487 hip-hop club posted to Facebook.

Police were awaiting court warrants today for two more suspects in a firefight that erupted between rival gangs in a parking lot in northeastern Thailand, leaving three dead.

Provincial police announced they were seeking one warrant for Nikorn Thongpan, 31, for attempted murder and possession of an unicensed firearm in Wednesday night’s gang battle that broke out after an attempt to settle a beef turned violent in Ubon Ratchathani province. The other warrant names Worawit Rodpai, a 41-year-old security guard at a nearby hip-hop club who was a member of the other faction.

More than 150 bullets were fired from at least seven 9mm handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun, according to evidence recovered from the scene. Heavy, rapid gunfire could be heard in footage purportedly taken from the parking lot by a Big C store where the gangs had met in a failed bid to resolve a dispute. 

Witnesses said Nikorn emerged with his gang from the nearby Phaya Yo nightclub and fired an AK-47 assault rifle at a man named Phiwat, whose gang had come from the nearby Ekkamai 487 hip-hop club. Phiwat turned himself in Thursday.

Three people were taken to hospitals and pronounced dead following the gun battle which witnesses said lasted for at least seven minutes. Four suspects have been apprehended: another Ekkamai 487 guard named Phiwat Namsiri, Apolrat Phankwang, as well as Somchai Srihin, and Thammanat Kruawong.

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