Customs Official’s Son Involved in Club Shooting

The son of a high-ranking customs official was involved in a shooting incident at the Rock nightclub in Phnom Penh’s Chamkar Mon district early Sunday morning that left one man injured, according to police.

Though a daily municipal police report, which included a rundown of crimes committed in the city on Sunday, failed to mention the incident, the National Police noted on their website that the son of Keo Sokheng, who heads the mobile inspection unit inside the Finance Ministry’s customs and excise department, was part of the group that fired the shots.

Cars are parked in front of Phnom Penh's Rock nightclub Sunday night. (Ben Woods/The Cambodia Daily)
Cars are parked in front of Phnom Penh’s Rock nightclub Sunday night. (Ben Woods/The Cambodia Daily)

The post on the National Police website says a brother of Mr. Sokheng’s wife and a bodyguard were also in the group, but does not specify who fired the shots or how many rounds were discharged.

Deputy district police chief Heang Thareth said the shooting occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“The shooting occurred inside the Rock nightclub in the early morning today, at 2:10 a.m., by the customs chief’s son’s group and caused at least one man to be injured,” he said.

Municipal military police chief Roth Sreang said a Lexus SUV and an AK-47 assault rifle were seized from Mr. Sokheng’s home later in the day but declined to say more because the case had been handed over to the municipal police “to find the suspects.”

Municipal police chief Chuon Sovann could not be reached for comment.

A guard at the entrance of the gated community in Sen Sok district where Mr. Sokheng lives, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, confirmed that the SUV had been seized and added that he did not see police take anyone into custody at the time.

“They only seized the car. I did not see police arrest the owner,” he said, adding that he overheard police say that about 30 shots had been fired at the nightclub.

Neither police nor the National Police website provided information about the motive for the shooting, or the identity or condition of the victim.

Local television station BTV—controlled by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s daughter—identified Mr. Sokheng’s son as Keo Vitou, 24.

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