Police Hunting for Suspect in Club Shooting

Police were searching Sunday for a man they say gunned down the manager of a Phnom Penh gambling hall in what may have been a dispute over a losing lottery ticket.

A suspect known only as “Mab” walked into the Pacific Kiss club Saturday night and fired four shots at Jheng Gong, 36, a Chinese citizen and manager of the gambling hall at the Kampu­chea Krom Boulevard club, Duon Penh district deputy police chief Sao Nol said.

Jheng managed the one floor of the club’s gambling, which included the lottery, and Mab may have become en­raged because he lost, Sao Nol said.

Witnesses told police Mab was a frequent guest at the Pacific Kiss club, where he played snooker and gambled, but had not been in more than a week, Sao Nol said.

Jheng was counting the lottery winnings around 6:30 pm Sat­urday when Mab walked in, Sao Nol said. As Jheng counted the money, Mab whipped out a K-59 handgun and opened fire.

Jheng was the owner of the lottery parlor at the club. He came to Cambodia in July of 1999, Sao Nol said.

Police said they expect to arrest the suspect soon, but he was not in custody Sunday evening.

According to the Ministry of Interior annual police report for 2001, officials in Phnom Penh confiscated 5,238 rifles and 408 handguns from individuals.


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