KUALA LUMPUR • A man said to be a moneylender was killed after being shot 16 times, in an execution- style shooting by two men in broad daylight in Kuala Lumpur yesterday afternoon.
The man, 43, had stopped his car at a traffic light near the Setapak Central mall.
The killing is the latest in a series of gangland-style shootings in Malaysia by men on motorcycles.
Police have said they have formed a special task force to look into the shocking street murders.
Earlier this month, a 32-year-old female real estate agent was shot to death in her multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) in Kuala Lumpur by a shooter on a motorcycle. Her eight-year- old daughter was also shot but survived.
On June 29, a 40-year-old businessman miraculously survived after being shot six times in his car by individuals on motorcycles along the Kuala Lumpur-Seremban highway.
In Sarawak, land rights activist Bill Kayong, 43, was shot dead on June 21 while he was in his car at a traffic light junction in Miri.
All these incidents happened in broad daylight and involved men on motorcycles.
The latest shooting was caught by a video camera. Four men on two motorcycles approached the man's car from behind.
"They came when the victim's car was at the traffic light. One shooter went to the left and another to the right before both opened fire," Kuala Lumpur City Criminal Investigation Department chief Rusdi Mohd Isa told a news conference.
He added that the shooter on the right of the car fired about three to four shots, and the other fired 12, and that both motorcycles fled shortly after. Both shooters were riding pillion.
An examination of the body showed wounds on the head and legs, among other areas.
The victim, whose identity is being withheld by police, had been on his way to meet a relative nearby.
"Family members of the victim have confirmed his identity," said Senior Assistant Commissioner Rusdi. He added that police have "early information on his background of being involved in gangs", with an arrest record in 2014.
Police have arrested several suspects in the July 6 case of the mother and daughter shot in the MPV.
Last week, a businessman who had borrowed RM13 million (S$4.3 million) from her in a business venture was arrested. Police said he ordered her killing as he could not repay the debt.
He is accused of hiring two hitmen from Perak, with police successfully detaining the duo and recovering a Glock 19 pistol.
Police said shell casings recovered from the crime scene were a direct match with those taken from the crime scenes in three other shooting cases in Perak.
THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK