A 31-year-old man was arrested in Phnom Penh’s Daun Penh district early yesterday morning over a nightclub shooting spree that left two security staffers seriously wounded, authorities said yesterday.
According to the military police report, suspect Chao Rainsy allegedly fired 10 times in front of the capital’s Holiday Club at about 3:20am, shooting security director Korng Cheatra, 46, in the stomach and guard Dom Thy, 42, in the right hand.
“We arrested him early in the morning [yesterday], and we are detaining him now after we have made our report, we will send him to the court,” said Rath Srieng, Phnom Penh municipal military police chief.
A report on the National Police website yesterday said Rainsy was dancing at the club with his wife when another dancer brushed his wife’s wrist, sparking an argument that saw security guards eject the group.
Rainsy sent his wife home, went home to retrieve an AR-15 rifle and returned to the club, calling for the guards to send out the men with whom he had been arguing.
When they refused, he allegedly opened fire, hitting the two victims.