After Drinking, Man Shoots 3 Friends, Killing 1

One teenager was shot dead and two others were wounded after a drinking session between old friends turned violent in Kompong Speu’s Phnom Sruoch district on Tuesday, police said.

Around 6 p.m., the three victims took a box of beer and some snacks to the home of their friend Reab Roeun, 20, who they said they had not seen for a long time.

Around midnight, the three victims, aged 15, 18 and 19, decided to leave, but their host did not agree, according to police.

“He said, ‘If you leave, I will shoot you,’” said Say Bunthoeun, district police chief. The three thought their friend was joking and walked outside and mounted a motorcycle be­fore the suspect emerged with a bolt-action rifle.

“The suspect stood in front of the motorbike and shot the driver in the head,” Mr. Bun­thoeun said, referring to the 15-year-old, who died at the scene.

The suspect then reloaded and shot the 19-year-old in the chest and the 18-year-old in the hand, before fleeing.

“I think the suspect hides in the forest in Phnom Sruoch. He cannot go very far because he has no phone and no motorbike,” Mr. Bunthoeun said.

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