Father Shot Dead 'Execution-Style' In Front Of Family In Broad Daylight
A suspected member of a triad organisation, who is also a father and husband, was shot dead in front of his family in Sungai Petani, Kedah yesterday, 25 May
According to New Straits Times, the man — identified as 36-year-old S Murali — was shot at point-blank range in front of a restaurant on Jalan Kampung Baru at 12.30pm on Wednesday.
He was shot at least eight times in the body and head while he was with his wife, child, and a friend.
Bernama reported that the child is believed to be his stepchild.
They were there to pack their lunch before four men on two motorcycles approached his Toyota Vellfire parked across the restaurant and fired live rounds at him.
A witness told China Press that the victim was a regular customer at the coffee house and came with his family almost every week.
A police source said Murali's wife and young child could only watch and scream during the incident as they were still within the compound of the restaurant
Free Malaysia Today quoted witnesses as saying that they saw the motorcycles arrive from a back alley before the man was ambushed, with one of the assailants shooting the man repeatedly in the head.
The gunman was said to be wearing gloves during the crime.
"Investigations revealed that four men wearing full-face helmets and jackets approached and fired shots at the victim," said Kedah police chief Commissioner Wan Hassan Wan Ahmad, reported New Straits Times.
"We found eight bullet casings at the scene."
Police revealed that the deceased was wanted under the Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in connection with gang-related activities and drug trafficking
"However, we are still investigating the motive of this shooting incident," added Wan Hassan.
"So far, we are also tracking down all the suspects and will examine the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras at the scene to facilitate the investigation."
He told Free Malaysia Today that the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.