BANGKOK – A Libyan National Esam Ali Elhamadi has been shot dead and two Thai bystanders were wounded during a brawl at a pub in Bangkok, police said on Tuesday.
Pol Lt Col Opas Kwansomkid, an investigative officer at Pathumwan police station, said the victims were taken to Hua Chiew hospital. Esam Ali Elhamadi, 33, later succumbed to his injuries.
The two injured Thais were Kittipong Pijarn, 26, and Katiya Attabutr, 30.
Police, with the assistance from a witness, later arrested the alleged gunman, Ekethana Saengdokmai, and seized a pistol as evidence.
Pol Lt Col Opas said the suspect testified that he and his friends got into a fight with a group of foreigners while they were all drinking at the Spicy Pub, Rong Muang Soi 1, in Phathumwan district. He said his side was outnumbered so he pulled out his gun and fired multiple rounds at Elhamadi.
The suspect said Mr Kittipong and Ms Katiya were hit by stray bullets and were not involved with the fight.
Police charged the man with murder and possession of a firearm in a public area.