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Phnom Penh shootout kills three

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A Buddhist monk blesses the site of a shooting incident on Wednesday, which left three dead including the gunman, in Chamkarmon district. Blood can be seen on the pavement in the foreground. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

A second victim of Wednesday’s shooting spree in the capital died at the Soviet-Khmer friendship hospital early yesterday, medical staff said, taking the death toll to three, including the shooter.

The victim, Ung Oddom, a 27-year-old man from Meanchey district’s Stung Meanchey commune, was one of six people shot by Prey Sar prison guard Su Vuthy, 33, who had snatched a policeman’s AK-47 rifle in Chamkarmon district’s Tumnub commune about 10.30am.

“The victim’s body was sent to his family in preparation for a funeral at Sansom Kosal pagoda,” a nurse, who did not want to be named, told the Post yesterday, adding Oddom had already lost a lot of blood by the time he had reached the hospital.

National police confirmed on their website yesterday that 34-year-old Leang Siny was the woman shot dead after Vuthy opened fire on bystanders, injuring four others, before turning the gun on himself.

Phnom Penh municipal police chief Touch Naroth declined to comment yesterday.

According to the same website, however, Naroth said he suspected drugs and revenge played a role in the shooting.

Kheang Sae, 33, whose mother Ngoun Heng, 58, and sister Ngoun Pisey, 24, were both shot in the shoulder and hip and remained in critical condition yesterday, said none of his family members had known the shooter.

“We had no relations or dispute with that man. We’ve never seen him before,” Sae said.

The condition of Sae’s mother and sister had improved and doctors expected them to recover, he said. He thanked police who had come to the womens’ aid and helped them to hospital.

Police are still investigating the events that led to Vuthy snatching the AK-47 from a police officer, who witnesses said had been sitting down behind Sovanna shopping mall near Street 271.

According to Sun Lean, director of Prey Sar prison, Vuthy had taken time off work to deal with a family problem.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khouth Sophak Chakrya at sophakchakrya.khouth@phnompenhpost.com

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