Trader assassinated outside son’s school
UPDATED @ 09:39:19 PM 29-06-2012
PETALING JAYA, June 29 — A well-orchestrated attack, motivated by what police believe to be vengeance, saw a grocery shop proprietor gunned down outside his son’s school in Seri Kembangan near here today.
The 32-year-old victim was waiting outside the Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Sungai Besi Indah for his wife to send their eight-year-old son to the school when two men on a motorcycle approached him.
Wearing full-faced crash helmets, the duo drew out their pistols and fired a shot each at the man at close range, hitting him in the chest and shoulder in the incident about 7.30am.
The victim collapsed on the ground before his wife sent him to the Serdang Hospital where he died about 9am.
Serdang police chief Supt Abd Razak Elias said initial investigations revealed the gunmen were astride a red Yamaha LC motorcycle and used semi-automatic pistols in the attack.
“The victim who resided in Sungai Chua, Kajang had no previous criminal record. According to his wife, the deceased did not have enemies.
“Nevertheless, we believe vengeance could be the motive behind the attack, which our investigations revealed was well planned by the gunmen.
“As there was no closed circuit television camera installed at the school, we urge witnesses to facilitate our investigations by reporting what they had seen at the school,” he said.
The slaying of the grocery shop proprietor in Seri Kembangan today marks the eighth such case over the past six months, involving victims who were gunned down by their rivals.
This is a marked increase in such cases between January and June, as compared to just two victims who were gunned down in the same period last year.
The seven other cases reported since early this year are:
January 10 — Koh Seng Seong, 25, was shot dead in front of a shopping complex in Taman Sentosa, Johor Baru, Johor;
January 11 — A businessman was shot dead by a stranger in front of a shop selling safety deposit boxes and related tools in Jalan Bako, Sibu, Sarawak;
January 11 — Wong Ping Yee, 36, died at the scene after being hit by a car while trying to escape from a gunman near a water theme park in Desa Petaling;
February 2 — Businessman H’ng Kean Boon, 42, was shot dead near Mak Mandin Flats in Butterworth, after he had sent his girlfriend home;
March 12 — Security company operator V. Nirmal, 30, was gunned down by a group of criminals while he was dining with four friends at a restaurant in Jalan Chengkih, Pandamaran, Klang;
April 1 — A man was killed and three of his friends injured when they were shot at a restaurant in Matang Pagar, Desa Jaya in Sungai Buloh, in what police believe was motivated by vengeance;
April 30 — A 34-year-old man was shot dead at a car park opposite shop houses in Jalan Central, USJ 1, Subang Jaya, in an incident related to unsettled debts.
During the same period this year, there were two cases involving attempted murder by gunmen: February 28 — A man sustained chest injuries when he was shot by a group of men while waiting for his son outside Sekolah Rendah Kebangsaan La Salle, Jalan Templer in Taman Gasing, Petaling Jaya;
May 13 — An ornamental fish trader, Eng Ee Sook, 47, was seriously hurt when he was shot by a man in the compound of a temple in Taman Teratai, Butterworth, Penang.
Meanwhile, in the same period last year (January-June), two shooting death cases were reported:
February 29 — Taxi driver Junaidi Saman, 53, was found dead with two gunshot wounds at the construction site of Universiti Malaysia Sabah at the 10th milestone Jalan Sungai Batang, Sandakan, Sabah; and,
June 18 — Rice trader Ooi Chong Tian, 58, who arrived home after having a drink with some friends was shot in front of the house in Taman Puyu, Butterworth, Penang. — Bernama