Two Shot in Drive-By at Phnom Penh Arcade

A 17-year-old student was shot through the waist Wednesday morning and another man grazed when a gang of assailants opened fire on a Tuol Kok district video game parlor, police said.

District Police Chief Mok Hong said that at 10:30 am four men on two motorcycles were seen chasing a man who hid among the patrons at the video game parlor on Street 132 in Toek La’ak I commune.

“The gunmen arrived and shot once inside the crowd, injuring the innocent victims. The gunmen are still at large,” he said.

According to a police report ob­tained Wednesday, Nguon Sena­rong, 17, was shot once through the waist and taken for treatment to the nearby Angkor Thom clinic. The same bullet had also struck fellow patron Ung Sakdy, 25, grazing his back, the report said.

Mok Hong said police had not identified a motive for the shooting.

Police also said Wednesday they were continuing to investigate Sun­day’s coordinated assault by 20 men on a house in Cham­kar Mon district.

Witnesses said Tuesday that the gang had arrived in luxury cars and carried assault rifles and had chased down three men into a house where they were badly beaten with steel pipes and an electric stun gun.

Deputy Municipal Minor Crime Police Chief Peng Vannak said Wed­nesday that the victims claimed that three of the well-connected suspects go by the nicknames of Dy, Thy and Apollo.

Police are continuing to investigate, he added.

Phnom Penh Police Chief Touch Naruth could not be reached Wed­nesday and several police sources said on condition of anonymity that they had been warned against speaking to the press regarding the gang of powerful young men, and had been instructed to refer all questions to the Interior Ministry spokesman.

Ministry spokesman Lieuten­ant General Khieu Sopheak said he had yet to receive an official report on the incident.

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