Everything We Know So Far About The Woman Who Was Shot And Killed In Penang

The victim had just left her workplace when she was shot dead by a motorcycle pillion rider.

Cover image via Pocket News

Malaysians were shocked with the news of a woman who was shot dead in Taman Pekaka, Penang yesterday, 21 February

Image via Pocket News

The horrifying incident happened at about 5.45pm when the woman, who was driving a heavily-tinted BMW, was gunned down hitman-style.

Here's what we've learned about the incident so far:

1. The victim has been identified as Ruby Lee Poh Ai

It was reported that Lee was a resident at Alila Homes in Tanjung Bungah, Penang.

The 49-year-old businesswoman had just left her workplace, a freight forwarding company at a building in Lebuh Pekaka 1, when the tragic incident happened.

It is believed that she was making her way from Sungai Dua towards Jalan Bukit Gambir.

2. Two men on a motorcycle suddenly approached her car and opened fire while she was driving

According to Penang Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Zainol Samah, the police believed the assailants had been waiting for her to leave her office.

He said that the duo came up on the right side of her car while the pillion rider opened fire at the victim from close range.

3. At least 10 gunshots were fired at her

Six of those shots struck her chest, and she died on the spot.

Meanwhile, a video that has surfaced on social media since yesterday, 21 February, allegedly sheds light on what happened immediately after the shooting.

The video depicts the victim's car veering out of control and ramming into a four-wheel drive vehicle before screeching to a stop.

The driver of the four-wheel drive vehicle escaped unhurt.

4. The police have dismissed any claims that the incident is related to gangland activity

There were rumours that the victim was the wife of a gang leader who was charged in court recently.

"She is not related to any Datuk Seri or involved in any secret society activities."

"We do not have any possible motive for the shooting. Any assistance from the public who might have seen the incident is welcome," Zainol was quoted as saying by Malay Mail Online.

5. The police also refuted claims that Lee was pregnant

Reports of the incident instantly went viral on social media since last evening, with some claiming that Lee was pregnant.

Responding to the rumours, Zainol told The Star that "she did not seem to be".

6. The body of victim was sent to the Penang Hospital for a post-mortem

Investigations are still ongoing and the case will be investigated for murder under the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Zainol has urged the public not to speculate and spread rumours on the incident, adding that the police have set up roadblocks in a few areas to track down the assailants.

Those with information have been urged to call the Rakan COP hotline at 04-269 1999 or any police station.

This was the second shooting incident in Penang since December, when a Datuk was allegedly shot dead by his own bodyguard:

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