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Suspects in shooting spree to face charges

Suspects in shooting spree to face charges

Police sent three men to the Phnom Penh Municipal Court yesterday to be officially charged for the alleged involvement in a Friday night shooting spree, while another suspect was sent to Vietnam for medical treatment after being wounded during the arrest, police said.

Brigadier General Pen Rath, deputy chief of the Phnom Penh Municipal Police Commissariat, said that Cambodia Goal Product Company board member Ngoy Sim, 33, was sent to court yesterday – along with Ly Bora, 20, and Soeun Bora, 19, both students – for allegedly discharging a weapon numerous times late last Friday night in Prampi Makara district’s Veal Vong commune in Phnom Penh.  

Sim’s younger brother, student Ngoy Seng Ngy, 19, was sent to Vietnam for medical treatment after being accidentally shot during the arrest, he said.

“They got drunk and were driving their cars, and illegally opened fire around midnight in Phnom Penh,” Rath said.  

“They shot many bullets into the air near the residence of General Neth Savoeun, general director of the General Commissariat of National Police.”

According to Rath, during the pursuit, police fired several shots at the cars’ tyres, one of which ricocheted, striking Seng Ngy in the eye and seriously wounding him.

After the suspects’ arrests, he added, police seized their two cars, a pistol and ammunition.

“They were preliminarily accused by police with the shooting spree and illegal weapons use,” Rath said.

Deputy prosecutor Heang Sopheak said that Sim, Ly Bora and Soeun Bora were being interrogated yesterday afternoon, but declined to comment in detail.

“I am now still questioning them,” he said.  “They are not charged yet.”

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