Families seek explanation for shooting deaths

Families seek explanation for shooting deaths

GEORGE TOWN - Family members of the five men shot dead by police are demanding an explanation for the shooting.

More than 50 family members and friends of the deceased gathered outside the Penang mortuary last night seeking answers.

One of the deceased's uncle, S. Nadarajah, said they could not claim the five bodies as investigations were pending.

"Why did they have to shoot the men when they could've just fired a warning shot? They were all sleeping inside. I believe the police could have easily apprehended them," the 62-year-old told reporters.

V.R. Murugasen, 52, the father of one of the men, is furious and baffled as to how his son and four friends were identified as members of the notorious Gang 04.

"My son has no criminal record, so how can he be affiliated to the gang? I think the police are lying just to cover their backs.

"The five of them grew up together and had just moved into the apartment three days ago. There were very close and some of them would come over to my house for meals," he said.

Murugasen said he was told of his son's death when a friend from Kuala Lumpur read about it in an online report.

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