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egtmedia59A young tourist, reported to be British, rented a gun and then shot himself dead in an apparent suicide at a shooting range in the Thalang district of Phuket on Saturday, the Bangkok Post reported.

Police arrived at the Thalang Phuket shooting range mid-afternoon to find “a shirtless Caucasian male aged 22 with a British passport, lying on his back on the floor with a pistol near his right hand,” the paper said.

The tragic incident was filmed by a closed-circuit camera on the premises.

Phuketwan news reported that the man hailed a taxi from outside the Sun Wing Resort in Bang Tao and told the taxi driver he wanted to shoot at the Thalang range.

Thalang Phuket shooting range

Thalang Phuket shooting range


The Bangkok Post quoted the taxi driver as saying the man had quarrelled with a male friend at the resort before hailing his taxi. Arriving at the range, the man asked the driver to wait.

The paper said the man rented an 11mm automatic pistol, loaded seven bullets, fired and hit the bullseye every time, then loaded another three bullets and turned the gun on himself.

CCTV video shows the shooting instructor trying desperately to intervene.

Britain’s Daily Mail said the deceased was aged 21 and hailed originally from the Isle of Skye in Scotland’s Inner Hebrides islands.

Shooting ranges are popular with some tourists to Thailand and are usually safe, though allowing casual visitors to hire and fire weapons carries inherent risks. A common theme in TripAdvisor is that ranges can be expensive and the semi-automatic weapons are sometimes smaller-calibre replicas. 

Anyone distressed or seeking support should call Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.

Written by : Peter Needham

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