Serious crimes police from Preah Sihanouk Provincial Police headquarters are on the lookout for two Chinese nationals – one of whom is suspected of shooting dead a female Chinese national in Mittapheap district’s Commune 3 in Sihanoukville on Tuesday night.
Speaking to The Post on Wednesday, Provincial Police chief Chuon Narin said the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Zhang Dan occurred at 11pm on Tuesday, while she was walking down the street with her boyfriend.
He said his police forces were actively looking to arrest the offenders.
“We are looking into the case even though we are not yet aware of the full circumstances. But according to a local media outlet, the suspects grabbed the woman and tried to pull her into a car,” he said.
Citing a witness, he said that before she was shot, Zhang was seen on the street as the Chinese suspects grabbed her hands and pulled her towards them.
Narin said the witness attested that the woman refused to go with the suspects and one of the men then pulled out a pistol and shot her once, killing her instantly.
Following the incident, Narin’s forces arrived at the scene and examined the victim’s body and found that the bullet had passed through her right breast and lodged in her throat.
An official at the commune police station, who requested not to be named, told The Post that Zhang ‘s boyfriend said that before the shooting, Zhang had been working at the nearby SV Casino ushering guests.
The boyfriend, Xiao Li Zhi, went to pick Zhang up from the casino, the source said, and the couple walked towards a store and had almost arrived at Coffee Shop 8811 when the two Chinese suspects got out of a stationary car.
The source said the suspects grabbed Zhang’s and her boyfriend’s hands and tried to pull the couple into the car.
Zhang’s boyfriend managed to pull free, the official said, but as she attempted to free herself from the men’s clutches and was refusing to get into the car, she was shot in the throat and killed.
The suspects then sped off and fled the scene, the source quoted Zhang’s boyfriend as saying.