GEORGE TOWN: The gunman who is currently in custody for shooting his boss, a “Datuk”, and seven others in Penang yesterday is an ex- serviceman and is likely to be suffering from mental problems, said Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar.
Khalid said the former serviceman was the Datuk’s bodyguard while a second suspect in custody, was the Datuk’s driver who was behind the wheel of the BMW when the incident occurred.
Khalid said the driver fled on foot after the bodyguard opened fire from the back seat of the car.
“From our early investigations…he has mental problems. The bodyguard had a carry and use permit for the firearm,” the IGP said in Penang today, adding that he had no prior records.
Reports indicated that both suspects were today remanded to facilitate investigations.
The drama unfolded during heavy traffic on the Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu expressway yesterday evening when the bodyguard, said to be in his 40s, shot Datuk—Ong Teik Kwang, 32.
He then went on a rampage, killing passers-by 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.
Police believe the bodyguard got out of the car after shooting his boss, looking for the driver, but the stray shots hit the passers-by.