Man shoots stepfather in a case of mistaken identity

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Torng Soeun was seriously injured after being shot by his stepson. Supplied

Police are searching for a man who shot his stepfather with a homemade rifle, leaving him unconscious and in hospital after mistaking him for a wild boar on a mountain in Oddar Meanchey province on Monday night.
O’Svay commune police chief Un Rim said Torng Soeun, 41, and his 24-year-old stepson, identified only as Choeun, went to the mountain in Trapaing district to log timber.
“Though border officials entrusted us with stopping people from climbing the mountain, we could not stop them because when we blocked the left side, they got through the right side,” he said.
“The stepson had a homemade rifle for shooting wild animals. He was attempting to shoot a wild boar, but confused his father for the boar,” he said.
Mr. Rim said the bullet entered the victim’s left ear and exited at his right eye, adding that Mr. Soeun was now at the Siem Reap provincial hospital.
“After the shooting, the son fled. We are searching for him along with border officials,” he said.
Mr. Rim said it was difficult for officials to stop people from getting onto the mountain because the commune police station was understaffed, with only 10 officers guarding 20 kilometers.

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