A 23-year-old local man was shot dead and teenager seriously wounded while riding a motorcycle in Narathiwat on Monday night, but instead of insurgents, the blame is falling on rivals with whom the pair got into a fistfight.
Rusoh District Police Station deputy inspector Pol Captain Vechayan Hiranyasuwan said the two men had been involved in a fight at a local convenience store two days earlier.
Police arrived at the shooting scene on Tha Rua-Kota Baru Road in Ban Teu Loh (Moo 7), Tambon Riang, about 9pm to find Pandee Salae, 23, dead with a gunshot wound to the chest and pillion rider Amir-ruddin Hanakamae, 18, shot in the back.
They collected two spent 9mm pistol cartridges.
Vechayan said the perpetrators had been identified and a hunt was underway.