A TERRITORIAL battle between two motorcycle stands at a newly-opened shopping mall in Samut Prakarn province broke out last evening (Sept. 8) with the two sides firing shots at each other but fortunately there were no injuries, Sanook.com said this morning.
The gangland shootout broke out at 6 p.m. in Lang Wat Nam Daeng road in Bang Kaeo subdistrict, Bang Phli district, and sent shoppers and vendors at a market opposite the new shopping complex scurrying for safety within its building, Khao Sarn Muarng Prakarn v2 Facebook page said.
When police arrived at the mall they found seven .38 Super Auto shells scattered in front of the new mall with a bullet having also hit a sedan. The rival motorbike cabbies had already fled the scene.
People living in that area told police that the two motorcycle taxi stands, or wins as they are called in Thai, had both not been legally registered. The old one is located at a pavilion across the road from the mall while a few days ago the new one moved in and pitched a tent in front of the mall.
The two wins are just 50 metres apart.
Residents first heard shots being fired from the new win and then someone from the old win fired back.
Bang Kaeo police have summoned the heads of the two motorcycle stands for questioning about this shootout and to find the gunmen. Further investigation will be made later about the legality of these two motorbike wins.
The shopping mall during the shootout last evening. Thai headline says, “starting the battle for passengers.” Photo: Sanook.com