KUALA LUMPUR: A man gunned down his ex-wife with an automatic weapon before turning the firearm on himself.
The murder-suicide rocked the office of a law firm located on the 16th floor of Menara Centara, off Jalan Raja Laut, in the heart of the city around 3pm yesterday.
City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Rusdi Mohd Isa said the 51-year-old man showed up at the law firm where the 46-year-old woman worked, armed with a Norinco automatic pistol, a machete and a fire cracker all hidden inside a racket bag.
"He called his ex-wife, who worked as a staff there, to the reception area.
"The employees said they heard the two arguing loudly before several gunshots rang out," he said when met at the scene yesterday.
It is learnt that jealousy could be the motive.
From initial investigation, police believed the man, known only as Ramesh, fired four to five shots, hitting his ex-wife, known as Manggai, on the back and leg.
"He then shot himself," he said.
SAC Rusdi said the unhappy duo had divorced about five years ago and had three children, aged 16 to 24.
"They have had problems since the divorce."
The ex-wife, he said, has been working at the firm for about two years.
Police are checking the CCTV footage to find out how the events unfolded as no one saw what had happened.
"They only heard the argument but didn't understand as they were arguing in Tamil," he said.
The bodies have been sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for post-mortem.