Man Shot in Wood Shop Assault; Motive Unknown

Police in Kompong Speu province are searching for the suspects and motive behind an armed assault at a wood shop on Monday evening during which a supervisor suffered a gunshot wound, officials said Tuesday.

Peng Vannak, 38, was shot once in the stomach when three men wielding an AK-47 assault rifle and handguns stormed into the shop in Baset district, which is owned by the victim’s uncle, said Som Sak, chief of the province’s penal police bureau.

“The victim confirmed there were three men there when he was shot. He was hit by only one bullet,” Mr. Sak said, adding that two other rounds missed Mr. Vannak, who is recovering from surgery at Phnom Penh’s Calmette Hospital.

Deputy provincial police chief Som Bora said his officers were searching for the suspects, one of whom was wearing a military uniform, and had not yet found a motive.

“They didn’t take anything from the building,” he said. “We don’t know whether it was revenge or a robbery.”

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