Ex-Soldier at Large After Phnom Penh Shooting

Police are searching for a former soldier who allegedly shot two neighbors during a drunken row outside their homes in Phnom Penh’s Pur Senchey district on Saturday night, a district police official said Sunday.

Ry Narin, 43, shot and wounded Thy Chamnan, 34, and Puth Chan, 49, at about 8 p.m. during a heated exchange in which the victims questioned whether a pistol Mr. Narin was carrying was real, district penal police chief Chea Sovann said, adding that the suspect immediately fled the scene on his son’s motorbike.

“They eat and drink together every day, but [Saturday] night, there was a verbal dispute and the [suspect] pulled out his handgun to scare the victims, but they said it was a plastic gun, so [the suspect] opened fire,” Mr. Sovann said, adding that the three men are all married to sisters of the same family.

The two victims were rushed to a local hospital where Mr. Chamnan, who was shot twice, is still in critical condition and Mr. Chan, who was shot once, is recovering from the wound, Mr. Sovann said.

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