A LAUNCESTON man has been arrested in Thailand over an apparently accidental shooting of two German tourists.
Lawyers said Adam Lewis Shea, 26, formerly of Waverley, and John Edward Cohen, 33, of New South Wales, had been involved in an altercation with a Danish man late on Tuesday night.
Mr Cohen allegedly fired a pistol at the Danish man but hit the two Germans.
The incident happened at Patong Beach in the Thai resort area of Phuket.
Patong Beach was packed with tourists at the time and police are now reportedly reviewing CCTV footage of the incident.
The Bangkok Post reported that Joseph Woerner, 71, was taken to the Patong Hospital in a critical condition, while Johann Baschenegger, 41, was hit in the right arm by a bullet.
Police alleged Mr Shea and Mr Cohen had fled after the shooting, which took place near the hotel where the injured Germans were staying.
Both men are believed to have links with a Rebel motorcycle club and were tracked down at a bar and arrested early yesterday.
The Phuket Wan newspaper reported that the dispute was over rent for a motorcycle.
Lawyers were last night trying to have the men released on bail and a Department of Foreign Affairs spokesperson said they were receiving consular assistance.