SHAH ALAM - The murder of a 39-year-old man in front of a school in Serdang is likely connected to a spat among Gang 08 members and drug trafficking, says Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor.
He said initial investigations revealed that the assailants and the victim were members of Gang 08.
"I do not deny that drug trafficking elements may be involved in the case. We are looking into that angle," he told a press conference after attending a Selangor police general election exercise here yesterday.
Asked whether the shooting was related to a drug turf war, he said it was too early to conclude as such.
"I am only saying our investigations are headed towards drug trafficking," he added.
On whether the attack could been connected to unpaid debt, he said: "It could be that or it could be something else. We can only confirm the motive once arrests are made."
Comm Mazlan said the public need not worry over the incident.
"It is definitely an isolated incident as the attackers were going for a specific target.
"They took advantage of the moment when the victim was waiting for his son to finish classes," he added.
Comm Mazlan reassured that the police were doing everything they could to arrest the criminals involved.
"We are very close to nailing the suspects," he said.
On Thursday, G. Ganeshan, 39, was killed by a gunman on a motorcycle while waiting for his son to leave his school in Sri Serdang.
A passer-by was also injured in the incident, but is in a stable condition in Hospital Serdang.
On an unrelated matter, Comm Mazlan ruled out the possibility of the involvement of ah long where a family was locked in their house in Taman Cheras Prima.
"There is no element of ah long or loan sharks," he said.
In the incident last week, a group of individuals locked their victims in their two-storey terrace house before setting it on fire. The six family members escaped unharmed.