GEORGE TOWN, Dec 2 – The gunman, who is gunned down his boss, a “Datuk”, and seven others on Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway yesterday, has a history of mental instability, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar. He said in the investigations also reveal that the man, in his 40s, was a former serviceman with holding a valid firearms license.
Khalid said the first suspect was the Datuk’s bodyguard while a second suspect in custody. He said the bodyguard, who worked for businessman Datuk Ong Teik Kwang, 32, was arrested at the scene soon after the 7.30pm incident, while Ong’s driver, also in his 40s, was apprehended a few hours later.
“Our initial investigations show that the gunman has mental problem. He had previous military training as had a valid firearms license. He had no prior records,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar in a press conference at Universiti Sains Malaysia today.
Both suspects have been remanded for seven days at the Magistrate’s Court here today. Their remand was granted by assistant registrar Ahmad Tajudin Zain. The drama unfolded during heavy traffic on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu expressway yesterday evening when the bodyguard shots killed Ong, while subsequent shots killed or injured nearby motorists.
The two other victims killed have been identified as Senthil Murugiah, 38, and Choi Hon Ming, 32. The injured were identified as Lee Hong Boon, 56, Nurul Huda Aziz, 38, Arivarni Krishnan, 33, Lim Boon Leng, 32 and RTM cameraman Mohamad Amirul Amin Mohamed Amir, 28.
Amirul, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) videographer, was hit by a stray bullet in the chest when he passed by the area on his motorcycle. He was said to be heading towards the Pesta Pulau Pinang with his friend Mohamad Iskandar Osman when the shooting took place.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said Amirul was underwent an operation to remove the bullet from his wound today. Amirul, who has been warded at the intensive care unit of the Penang Hospital, is reported to be in stable condition.