Two men were shot and killed in the street in Surat Thani’s Muang district early on Thursday after an argument in a restaurant.

When police responded to a report of a fatal shooting at 4am near the  Karun Intersection, they found the bodies of local man Theerapong Paithoon, 28, and his friend Suksan Kamnerdpila, 22, near their motorcycle. Both men suffered a single gunshot wound to the head.

Provincial police chief Pol Maj General Apichat Boonsriroj said the two men were having drinks at a restaurant and they almost had a fist fight with rivals near closing time. The venue’s guards had to intervene and had them leave the restaurant in separate directions.

However, eyewitnesses said the two men were chased by the other men involved in the argument in a pickup. They stopped to continue the argument in the street before one of the rivals shot the two men in the head with a pistol.