Russian Shot in front of Phnom Penh House: Motive UnknownNovember 27, 2012
Wednesday, 27 November, 2012
Phnom Penh : A Russian man was shot in front of his house by a gunman while opening his car door for some Russian compatriots who had been travelling with him. The Russian had just arrived home in his car when he was shot in the left forearm by a bullet that pierced through his forearm and lodged into his right thigh.
The incident occurred just past midnight, at 12:15am on the morning of the 26th of November, 2012, in front of House 2, Street 830 (by the You Khin House), Tonle Bassac Commune, Chamcormon District.
The victim has been identified as ‘KOSTENKO KONSTANTIN,’ a 42 year old Russian national, who had entered Cambodia on a tourist visa and had taken residence in a rented house in front of which the above mention incident occurred.
He had been driving an off white color Toyota Highlander with a temporary license number (pasted on its rear window). The Highlander had 3 female Russian passengers aboard and was bespattered with mud when he arrived home and got out of his car. There he was suddenly confronted by 6 people mounted on 2 motos (one a 125cc Honda Dream, the other unidentified), one of whom pulled out a gun and fired a shot that hit the Russian man in the forearm and thigh, before all fled the scene.
After the shooting, 3 female passengers transported the victim to the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital. Regarding the motive for the shooting, some have speculated it to be an attempted car-jacking, while others have seen it as a case of revenge.
A gunman firing on a foreigner for reasons apart from armed robbery is extremely uncommon in Cambodia. In this case, apparently, the shooting party fled the scene after thinking they had killed their fallen victim, which has led to off the record speculation that the shooting was targeted.
Khmer news from the Koh Santepheap translated by Porky Pig