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Confessed gunman  Narongsak Sealim after his arrest on Phuket tonight

UPDATE Phuket Shooting: Arrested Gunman Confesses to Wounding Russian in Car

Friday, September 6, 2013
UPDATING All Day, Every Day

WANTED alleged gunman Narongsak Sealim was arrested at his apartment in Kata Noi about 6pm tonight by a combined force from Chalong and Karon Police Stations. He confessed to the shooting, police said.

Original Report

PHUKET: Police have issued an arrest warrant for the man they believe shot a Russian in a car on Phuket in an apparent case of intense road rage.

Narongsak Sealim, 21, is out on bail for a drugs offence and posession of an illegal weapon. He is now wanted by police for attempted murder.

The Russian - believed to be a doctor - was shot in the stomach as he sat in the back of a hired car on the Rawai beach road on August 17.

Phuket's Police Commander, Major General Chote Chawanwiwat, announced to Phuket media that the case was closed today but the information proved to be in error.

The wanted man remains free.

The unnamed motorcycle pillion passenger, arrested for a drugs offence on Wednesday, agreed to inform on Khun Narongsak in exchange for his freedom.

However, when police checked at Phuket Prison they found that Khun Narongsak, arrested for a similar drugs offence and for carrying an illegal gun on August 27, had been released on bail on Monday.

The bullet he allegedly fired during the shooting entered low-down in the rear of the white Toyota Vios and hit Maxim Gradnkov, 32, in the stomach.

His two Russian friends in the front of the car, also believed to be doctors, realised what had happened and sped to Phuket International Hospital in Phuket City where the wounded man underwent surgery.

No vital organs had been struck by the bullet, which, after passing through the back-seat passenger, hit the front seat of the car then dropped to the floor.

Khun Narongsak was annoyed when the Russians cut him off not once but twice on Rawai's beach road, sounding the car's horn, according to the anonymous pillion passenger.

When the Russians parked their car, he pulled up behind the vehicle and fired the shot, police said, before speeding off.

The .9mm pistol was an illegal weapon and is now in Surat Thani, where further ballistic tests are being carried out, Phuket police said.

It's believed Khun Narongsak was riding the motorcycle and pulled over to fire the shot. The pasenger on the rear of the motorcycle played no part in the shooting, police said.

Road rage cases are reported intermittently on Phuket with some expats inclined to jump at shadows and report unconfirmed tales to the media rather than going to police.

In perhaps Phuket's most notable case of road rage, Pittaya Srijitraporn, 33, was sentenced to 13 years and four months in jail after wrestling and stabbing to death expat Wolf-Dieter Kesselheim, 66, in 2010.

Mr Kesselheim, angry at an incident on the road, followed Pittaya to a 7-Eeleven and had him in a headlock when he was stabbed in the stomach.

The judge said that in pulling the knife and stabbing Mr Kesselheim twice in the ribs, Pittaya went beyond self defence.

Pittaya was well-known to Phuket tourists as the keeper of sea eagles that were displayed for photographs at the Kata Viewpoint.

*An earlier report of this case was based on incorrect information. The article has been edited to make it clear that Khun Narong has yet to be arrested for the shooting offence. he is on bail awaiting trial over a drugs charge.

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Thank you for the follow up on this story. I would rather know the facts than made up conclusions to any of PW's stories. Hope the chap who got shot is well on the road to recovery.

Posted by Robin on September 6, 2013 10:15

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"Pittaya was well-known to Phuket tourists as the keeper of sea eagles that were displayed for photographs at the Kata Viewpoint. "
Those sea eagles are still on display.

Posted by stevenl on September 6, 2013 10:56

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not surprised a bunch of Russians honk the horn to someone.. looks like a common thing to do in russsia. but to shoot him is maybe little overreacting though.

Posted by fro on September 6, 2013 11:52

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i would like to know how long will stay in prison? if him will go to prison !!!

Posted by x on September 6, 2013 13:54

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Thank you MOD.
So, that is, what can be awaited in the KRABI SALOON Band-dispute and stabbing?!

"Pittaya Srijitraporn, 33, was sentenced to 13 years and four months in jail after wrestling and stabbing to death expat Wolf-Dieter Kesselheim, 66, in 2010.

Mr Kesselheim, angry at an incident on the road, followed Pittaya to a 7-Eleven and had him in a headlock when he was stabbed in the stomach.

The judge said that in pulling the knife and stabbing Mr Kesselheim twice in the ribs, Pittaya went beyond self defence."

Posted by Alfred on September 6, 2013 15:20

Editor Comment:

Every case will be treated individually, Alfred. Penalties vary depending on any number of factors.

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well I read somewhere else, that he got bail for the gun charge, and the officers not knowing that he is the suspect on the murder charge at that time,

your article tells me, that thai police give bail to attempted murder suspects?

Posted by sonja on September 6, 2013 17:07

Editor Comment:

The original article said the police opposed bail.

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Seems to me that way too many people here are driving around with guns in their pockets. This island, ( or probably the whole country ) must be infested with illegal weapons.

Posted by Charles on September 7, 2013 09:18

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So, Dear Editor, anything you want to enlighten us "Los Ignoramus" about Thai Culture and all it??s blessings? They carry guns, uhuhuhuuu! Yes, they do, it's the wild wild east, wellcaarm.. ;) But hey, it was only a russian, and he should have learned to behave here in the Kingdom of Smiles, where you will be shot, or slaughtered with a machette if you question a thai male driver, they are untouchables, did you know that Ed, huh?

Posted by BOM on September 8, 2013 02:09

Editor Comment:

The shot was fired low-down through the back of the vehicle, BOM. Hardly the place to aim if you intend to ''slaughter'' someone. Your heated approach to issues demonstrates a tendency to take one case and imply that these things happen all the time, everywhere. Most motorists never experience road rage. Your efforts to create fear and loathing are pathetic. When you feel a few rain drops, BOM, do you find yourself running in terror, yelling: ''The sky is falling?''

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I continue to be amazed that every crook they catch wants to make a clean breast of it and confess never a denial never a you prove it never you have the wrong guy,even when the evidence is overwhelming the career criminal denies denies denies now did u shoot with a weapon oh yes I did that and want to be a honest fellow tell you all about it and give you the gun and confirm everything my best friend and conspirator in this crime told you
all these confessions are unbelievable.

Posted by slickmelb on September 8, 2013 07:15

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"I continue to be amazed that every crook they catch wants to make a clean breast of it and confess never a denial never a you prove it never you have the wrong guy"
I would presume that, unless hard evidence like a confession, they would not go to the press with the catch. So all the 'proof it yourselves' you won't read anything about.

Posted by stevenl on September 8, 2013 14:10

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ED... most of times i agree with u and ur desire to keep focus on facts. but saying "The shot was fired low-down through the back of the vehicle, BOM. Hardly the place to aim if you intend to ''slaughter'' someone. " was one of the most stupid things i ever read in PW.. only having a gun in ur possession when ur out driving on the roads in phuket and ur NOT a police is attempt murder.. why in gods heaven would u have a gun and shooting at a car if u dont want to kill someone? u really thing that this person (lets call him a person even though i could use better fit words) aimed at the lower parts of the car? he was most certainly high on drugs and alcohol and just missed... sorry ED i lost u this time...

Posted by Frog on September 8, 2013 15:19

Editor Comment:

Nobody is saying that possession of guns and other weapons is desirable but the lynch mob mentality is something else Phuket doesn't need, along with guesswork about the specifics of individual cases. In line with recent verdicts, wounding someone in a public place is likely to bring a hefty good behavior bond.

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@stevani all these career criminals charged with dishonesty offences suddenly want to own up to there wicked ways was the point.

Posted by slickmelb on September 8, 2013 23:42


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