Man Dies From Gunshot Wound in Front of Hotel in Phuket on New Year’s Day

Karon –

A man died from a gunshot wound in front of a hotel in Karon on New Year’s Day. A suspect was immediately arrested.

The Karon Police told the Phuket Express that they were notified of the incident at 4:30 A.M. on the New Year morning (January 1st) in front of an unidentified hotel on the Kok Tanod Road. Police, rescue workers, and the Phuket Express arrived at the scene to find a pool of blood on the ground in front of the hotel. The injured victim, Mr. Anupong Panpeng, 30, had already been taken to a hospital but tragically later passed away.

Unidentified witnesses told Karon police that Mr. Anupong had a previous conflict with the suspect before. Mr. Anupong thought that the suspect liked his girlfriend in which they worked at the same hotel. In November of last year, 2023, Mr. Anupong argued with the suspect furiously over this issue and warned the suspect to stay away from his girlfriend.

On the New Year morning (January 1st) Mr. Anupong went to pick up his girlfriend after work at the hotel. However, the suspect had finished work earlier, gone home to get a firearm, and came back to the hotel with the gun. He fired a single gunshot at Mr. Anupong when he arrived to pick up his girlfriend before speeding away.

At 7:00 A.M. the Karon Police arrested a man identified only as Mr. Num (alias), 32. Seized from him was a handmade handgun with one bullet. He was arrested at a rental room in Chalong within three hours. Mr. Num reportedly admitted to police that he shot Mr. Anupong because of their previous conflicts over the victim’s girlfriend.

Mr. Num remains in police custody as of press time. The name of the girlfriend was withheld for her privacy.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.