KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - A man was shot 16 times which led to his death in a gruesome incident near Setapak Central in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday afternoon (July 27).
At 3.35pm, the man, a 43-year-old moneylender and father of three, was driving along the road alone near the mall when four men on two motorcycles approached his car.
"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," said City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa at a press conference at the Setapak police station.
He added that the shooter on the right of the car fired about three to four shots, while the other fired 12, and that both bikes quickly fled shortly after.
Both shooters were riding pillion.
Investigations on the body showed wounds on the head, body and legs.
The man had been en route to meet a relative nearby.
"Family members of the victim have confirmed his identity," said SAC Rusdi, adding that the police would withhold his identity from the press for now.
When asked if the shooting was gang-related, he said that "there is a possibility".
"We have early information on his background of being involved in gangs,"said SAC Rusdi.
He added that the victim had a previous arrest record in 2014 and that investigations will explore every avenue.
A post-mortem would be conducted on the body.
Wangsa Maju OCPD Supt Mohamad Roy Suhaimi Sarif asked members of the public who were present at the time of the shooting to come forward to their nearest police station with any information pertaining to the murder.