Well-informed sources have told Phuketwan that the bullet entered through the back of the vehicle, went through the passenger in the back seat, then hit the front seat before falling to the floor. All three men in the car were doctors. They realised what had happened and sped to hospital.
PHUKET: A Russian man was shot in the stomach while riding in the back seat of a car along Rawai beach road last night, police have been told.
Surgeons operated on the man at Phuket International Hospital in Phuket City overnight and he appears to be recovering because no vital organs were struck.
Investigations into the shooting are continuing, with a bullet hole plainly evident in the rear of a white Toyota Vios that had been hired by Maxim Gradnkov, 32, and two friends.
The friends told Tourist Police that they ended up a pizza dinner about 10pm last night in Rawai and were driving away when they noticed a couple of men weaving along the road on a motorcycle.
As they drove past the motorcycle, they heard what sounded like a shot. Soon after, Maxim, who was seated in the rear of the car, noticed he had been shot.
A police investigation is underway. The hole in the back of the car appears to be where the bullet exited.