Teenager Shot During Motorbike Heist Dies

Shots fired by gunmen attempting to steal a motorbike killed one man and pierced the door of a popular convenience store Fri­day, police and witnesses said.

Khut Sophearak, an 18-year-old student, was driving his girlfriend home on his new 2004 Honda Dream motorbike at about 8 pm, when three men stopped him near Sharky Mart in Phsar Kandal II, Daun Penh district, a police officer who declined to be named said Sunday.

The young man struggled with the robbers, and one pulled a gun and fired two shots, said Khiev Sophorn, a Sharky Mart cashier, who was working that night.

One bullet struck Khut So­phearak in the side of his chin, Khiev Sophorn said Sunday.

A security guard at Sharky Bar next door fired two shots at the men, Khiev Sophorn said. But they sped away on the Dream and a Daelim motorbike, firing two shots at the guard.

He was not hit, but one bullet whizzed through the shop’s glass door and lodged in a carton of snack food. No one was injured.

Khut Sophearak died at Cal­mette Hospital around 7 am Saturday, police said.

Police said they are investigating, but have no suspects. The girlfriend was apparently un­harmed, police said.


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