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Two dead in store shooting

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Police investigate the scene of a suspected murder-suicide yesterday at the P.P. General Electrical Accessories store in Phnom Penh. Photograph: Pha Lina/Phnom Penh Post

A gunman shot and killed the manager of his father-in-law’s electrical supply business in the capital yesterday in a suspected dispute over money before turning the gun on himself, police sources said.

Hun Sothy, chief of Daun Penh district police, said that at about 2:45pm, Nguon Vuthy, 48, also known as Touch, shot Vong Sokretsarabotr, 31, the general manager of P.P. General Electrical Accessories, at the store in Daun Penh district’s Boeng Raing commune yesterday.

“The victim was shot by four bullets,” Hun Sothy said. “Three bullets were shot at his chest, and another one was shot at the right side of his head. He died immediately on the first floor at his table in the office.”

After the shooting, police said, the killer shot himself in a locked company bathroom.

Officers found a pistol in his right hand.

According to police, preliminary investigations indicated the killing might have been related to a dispute over money between the two parties.

“So far, we do not know the exact reason for the shooting,” Hun Sothy said. “The police now are working and investigating this killing.”

Sen Sokha, an employee of P.P. General Electrical Accessories who witnessed the shooting, said that in his five years as manager, Vong Sokretsarabotr had always been on good terms with all of the company’s employees.

“He was a very friendly man, and also a good manager,” Sen Sokha said. “He had never been in an argument with any staff in the company.”

According to Sen Sokha, before the shooting, Vong Sokretsarabotr and Nguon Vuthy had been at odds over company money, which Nguon Vuthy reportedly felt entitled to as the owner’s son-in-law.

“Nguon Vuthy had asked for company money from Vong Sokretsarabotr for his own use, but the general manager refused because the money did not belong to him, but [Nguon Vuthy] could not accept it,” Sen Sokha said, adding that the killer had asked for money many times in the past.

Chea Tong, owner of P.P. General Electrical Accessories, could not be reached for comment.

To contact the reporter on this story: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea at reaksmeykongkea.buth@phnompenhpost.com

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