24 Jan 2013

Australians arrested after shooting of German tourists

8:02 am on 24 January 2013

Two Australian men have been arrested in Phuket over an accidental shooting of two German tourists.

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade confirmed John Edward Cohen, 33, from NSW, and Adam Lewis Shea, 26, from Tasmania, had been arrested in connection with the shooting at Patong Beach on Tuesday, they said.

The Phuket Wan newspaper said Johann Baschenegger, 41, was admitted to hospital in a serious condition. Joseph Woerner, 71, was in a satisfactory condition.

Police said the shooting occurred around 7.45pm near the Baan Pirin Hotel where the Germans were staying.

AAP reports that lawyers were on Wednesday trying to have the suspects released on bail.