Stricter gun control on Ko Samui following fatal shooting on the beach

The Fourth Army Region and Surat Thani provincial police will meet soon to work out measures to tighten up the carrying of firearms in public by individuals to prevent a repeat of a fatal gun duel on a beach on Koh Samui in which two opposing rivals were killed on Tuesday (Feb 27).

Maj-Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, deputy commander of the Fourth Army Region, and Pol Maj-Gen Apichart Boonsrirote, commander of Surat Thani provincial police, inspected the crime scene on Chaweng beach in Tambon Bor Pud, Ko Samui district on Wednesday.

The two dead victims were identified as Tinphob Petcharat, 26 and Sunthriya Chaipet, 45, both were jet-ski operators on Chaweng beach.

According to local police, the two operators always quarreled due to business conflict as they operated next to each other on the same beach.  On late Tuesday afternoon, they engaged in a heated quarrel and both, who were armed, whipped out their handguns, firing at each other.

The gunshots sent many tourists who were resting on the beach running to take cover. Fortunately, no one was hurt except the two rivals who were rushed to the hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

A 9-mm automatic pistol and a .357 calibre revolver were found on the beach.