Daun Penh district police on Thursday identified a suspect and three accomplices involved in the fatal shooting of a man at the Soup and Family KTV Happiness Restaurant located in the district’s Boeung Raing commune in Phnom Penh.
The victim died on the spot after being shot once in the temple at 4am on Thursday, police revealed.
Boeung Raing commune police chief Bun Bros said police were able to identify the suspect and his accomplices as they fled the area. He said the victim and the suspect were friends and went together in a car to dine at the restaurant.
The victim was said to have entered the premises first while the suspect parked the car. Upon entering the restaurant, the suspect pulled a pistol and shot the victim at close range before fleeing the scene.
“After shooting the victim, the suspect left the restaurant and sped off with the help of three men in a car and a motorcycle, who came to pick him up,” said Bros.
“The victim is a DJ at Urban Beer House BKK. The suspect’s motive remains a mystery,” he said.
Following an autopsy, the victim’s body was handed over to his family to conduct the last rites.
District police chief Tieng Chansa said legal procedures were under way, adding that “our police specialists are doing the job”.
The restaurant’s owner, Khit Khuon Langdy, echoed Bros’ account of the incident. The victim, she said, was left lying on the table after the suspect and his companions escaped the scene.
“At 4am, my shop was nearly closed but they both came here and caused such trouble. The victim didn’t order food as he was waiting for his friend.
“The police did not summon me for questioning. They just asked me to recount the incident in the restaurant so they could make a report. I was nervous. The shooting happened so fast and came out of nowhere,” she said.