4 CIVIC GANG MEMBERS DIE IN SHOOTOUT
Police have been monitoring them for past 3 months
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WHILE targeting their next victim, the four robbers were too preoccupied to notice that they were being monitored.
The four Indonesian men, known to police as the Civic Gang as they used a Honda Civic, followed their victim from a bank in Sri Gombak to the Malaysian Institute of Translation and Books (ITBM) in Section 10, Wangsa Maju.
There, they made their move. One of the men grabbed a bag containing the money as the victim, a 32-year-old man from China, exited his car.
The robbers then ran to their Honda Civic, but found that they had been surrounded.
Seconds after the noon robbery took place, their car was blocked by several unmarked police cars.
Cornered, the robbers shot at the policemen, who returned fire. All four were killed.
City police Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Rusdi Mohd Isa said the Chinese man had withdrawn RM40,000 from a bank in Sri Gombak.
He said the robbers, aged between 37 and 49, had followed the victim and struck when he alighted from the car in which he was travelling.
Police recovered the stolen money and seized two guns and machetes from the gang’s vehicle.
A source said police had been monitoring the gang members for the past three months.
“These were notorious men as they were believed to have pulled off more than 30 robberies in the capital and Selangor.”
A witness, who wanted to be known only as Faridzul, said he was in his office, 20m from the scene, when he saw several cars blocking a Honda Civic.
“All of a sudden, I heard gunshots. Initially, I thought they were firecrackers.
“About 20 armed plainclothes policemen surrounded the Honda Civic. One of them was holding a Glock 9mm pistol in his hand.
“The shootout lasted several minutes, then everything went silent. By then, one of the robbers was sprawled on the road. I believe he was trying to escape as he was heading downhill.”
Faridzul said no less than 10 shots were fired by police and the gang members.
He said after a short while, another exchange of gunfire was heard before police moved in to check the Honda Civic.
A cashier at a nearby Petron station, who wanted to be known only as Nuratikah, said there were a few customers at the station when the shootout occurred.
She, too, said there were a series of gunfights.
“I heard the gunshots. My colleague ran into the shop and told me not to go out as police were firing at some men.”
The scene where a shootout between police and the Civic Gang took place in Section 10, Wangsa Maju, yesterday.