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Bangkok gunman arrested for shooting at Pattaya chicken restaurant

A Bangkok man has been arrested for shooting at a Pattaya chicken vendor for skimping on the chili sauce.

Watcharawong Leelasirinwong, 26, was captured at a hotel in Chantaburi June 2, four days after allegedly wounding Sakphadung Benjakul, 35, at the Boss Thai Chicken Rice restaurant on Thepprasit Soi 8. Sakphadung was grazed once in the head, but police found six more bullet holes in the rice cooker, soup pot, security shutter and walls.

Sakphadung said the dispute started when the Watcharawong had requested a soup bowl be filled with extra sweet-and-spicy sauce. The chicken vendor refused, saying he’d only fill the normal, small sauce bowls. While bringing the smaller bowl to the suspect’s table, Sakphadung said he “accidently” dropped it. Watcharawong got angry and threw his girlfriend’s bowl of sauce at the victim.

Watcharawong Leelasirinwong shows police and the media how he shot up a food vendor for a chili sauce incident.Watcharawong Leelasirinwong shows police and the media how he shot up a food vendor for a chili sauce incident.

Angry words were exchanged and the suspect left on a motorbike, only to return with his car and a gun five minutes later. Police said Watcharawong confessed to the shooting, saying he couldn’t fight the larger restaurant owner, so he thought a gun would even the odds.