Datuk’s body­guard on shoot­ing ram­page kills 3

> Four oth­ers in­jured as shots fired ran­domly dur­ing rush-hour traf­fic


GE­ORGE TOWN: A man with the ti­tle of “Datuk” was one of three peo­ple killed after his body­guard went on a shoot­ing ram­page yes­ter­day.

An­other four peo­ple were in­jured dur­ing the 7.30pm in­ci­dent at the Penang Bridge en­trance of the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu High­way.

The body­guard, in his 40s, had opened fire on Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, 32, forc­ing the car they were trav­el­ling in to a halt.

Penang CID chief SAC Zainol Samah said the sus­pect then shot an­other per­son in the car, who then tried to flee.

The sus­pect then ex­ited the ve­hi­cle and shot at the man as he ran, but the vic­tim man­aged to es­cape.

The gun­man then shot in­dis­crim­i­nately at other mo­torists on the busy ex­press­way dur­ing rush-hour traf­fic.

Two men were killed by the ran­dom shots while four oth­ers were in­jured.

The iden­ti­ties of the two de­ceased were be­ing as­cer­tained at press time.

One of those in­jured has been iden­ti­fied as Mohd Amirul Amin Amir, 27, a cam­era­man with RTM, who was hit in the shoul­der by a stray bul­let.

Zainol said the sus­pect was de­tained at the scene by po­lice of­fi­cers who rushed there after be­ing no­ti­fied by the pub­lic.

He said po­lice were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the mo­tive be­hind the shoot­ing.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are be­ing car­ried out for mur­der un­der the Pe­nal Code,” he added.

The in­ci­dent re­sulted in a mas­sive traf­fic snarl along the high­way stretch­ing all the way back to Ge­orge Town.

Thou­sands were stuck in the bumper-to-bumper crawl as they headed to the Penang Bridge or Bayan Baru.

Mean­while, the Penang Hos­pi­tal was packed with con­cerned friends and fam­ily mem­bers of the vic­tims.

Amirul’s father, Mohd Amir Abd Salam, 62, said he was told to go to the hos­pi­tal by his daugh­ter and only found out what hap­pened when he ar­rived.

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