Citynews – A sixth year university student in the faculty of dentistry has been arrested following the shootings of three tourists in a busy Nimmanhaemin bar on Friday 21st June. Five shots from a 9mm gun were fired, and three foreign tourists were injured.
Don Prawinmet shortly after his arrest, bearing the wounds of his fight
The incident took place at around midnight at a busy bar on a Nimmanhaemin soi. Five shots were fired after witnesses say that Thai national Don Prawinmet (28), a 6th year student in the faculty of dentistry at Chiang Mai University was rejected after attempting to flirt with a waitress at the bar.
The girl’s foreign boyfriend was also present, and a fight ensued following Don’s persistence. Witnesses say that Don, rejected, drunk, and embarrassed, fled the bar to go and retrieve the weapon from his car. Upon his return he fired five shots.
A bystander, Rebecca Iszttat from the UK, was in the adjacent bar. She told CityNews that she heard five shots being fired:
“It was clearly gunshots and people in the bar were silenced by the sound. A friend of mine left to check out the scene next door and then came back to the group: ‘Three people have been shot,’ he said, ‘they’ve definitely been shot!’”
Another foreign bystander, Anna Brooks from Canada, told CityNews that the scene was mayhem and people were fleeing from both bars.
Photo taken from faculty of dentistry website
“I saw a farang girl in a white dress doubled over on her hands and knees clutching her left side, gagging and choking. I wasn’t sure if the girl had been shot, or if she was going into shock.”
Mr. Nicholas Brown of Canada, Mr. Tai Onlee of South Korea and Mr. Morris Chaiwat (a half Thai, half Swiss tourist) were all injured in the incident.
Witnesses say Don returned to the scene in his car before fleeing for good. This scared many people in the busy pub as they thought he might open fire again.
“He returned in his car, a white Honda, people at the bar began to get really scared,” said Brooks. “They thought he might do something else – fire more shots, but luckily he drove away. Moments later, the police arrived.”
At 10 a.m. the following morning, Saturday 22nd June, police arrested Don at a house in the city. He is charged with attempted murder and the unlawful possession of a gun.
Dom is already out on bail after paying 500,000 baht.
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