Argument Escalates to Shooting Along Railroad

Police say they have identified and are searching for the driver and passenger of a motorbike who got in an argument with a man sitting along railroad tracks in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday night before shooting him in the leg and speeding off.

Chea Sovann, head of the district police’s serious crimes section, said the incident occurred at about 8 p.m. when the two men on a motorbike stopped on a pathway running alongside the tracks to complain about wooden boards lying in their way.

A man who was sitting nearby engaged in a verbal argument with the men and eventually threw a stone at the pair, he said.

“He chased them and threw a stone at the suspects and then they returned and shot him,” Mr. Sovann said.

He said the victim—Sok Chen, a 36-year-old laborer who lived next to the railroad—was struck once in the left thigh and treated at the Preah Kossamak Hospital.

District police chief Yim Sarann said the incident in Kakab commune was being investigated.

“We identified the suspects already, and they could be arrested soon,” he said, declining to answer further questions.

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