A Caltex gas station attendant in Phnom Penh was hospitalized on Monday after a customer he had confronted over his use of the station’s toilet shot him in the hand in broad daylight, police said.
Puth Savoeun, 25, was shot at the station in Meanchey district’s Chak Angre Krom commune on National Route Two at about 2:30 pm, by a man who fired a second bullet that ricocheted and smashed the window of a nearby car, said commune chief Chea Sokaiy.
He added that Puth Savoeun had aggravated the gunman when he scolded him for using the station’s toilet without then flushing it.
“The victim scolded the Caltex guest and made him angry, who directly shot the victim,” Chea Sokaiy said.
Touch Naruth, municipal police commissioner, said the suspect then left the scene on a brand new motorbike accompanied by two other men.
“Our police are now investigating to find them,” he said.
Pich Chetra, a communications specialist at Caltex, confirmed the shooting but was reluctant to discuss the case further.
A man shot two staff members at a Caltex station on Norodom Boulevard with a K-54 pistol in September after refusing to pay for a bottle of water, police said at the time.
Nheim Sarath, 41, and Bou Horn, 38, were both hit in their left legs by bullets at about 2:30 am. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident, police said.