KUALA LUMPUR - The morning peace in Taman Melati here was shattered when a cigarette delivery man went on a stabbing spree, killing two people and injuring two others.
His 40 minutes of terror began at about 11.20am when the 26-year-old man went in his van to a kiosk at the Gombak Putra LRT terminal to deliver a shipment of cigarettes.
Without warning, he pulled out a rambo knife and stabbed the outlet proprietor Lau Siew Ling, 49, and her woman helper Sulianti Johari, 31.
He then got into his vehicle and drove towards Jalan Pertahanan which is parallel to the Melati LRT station less than 2km away, and rammed into another van.
When the owner of the van, Lee Kah Ghee, 48, got out to investigate, the man stabbed him several times and left him to die on the busy road.
The man then got back into his van and drove a few hundred metres before colliding with a car driven by a college student.
He got out and confronted the student Kwan Chun Tai, 25, and stabbed him. Kwan ran, trying to escape the crazed killer.
The man chased him, caught him and stabbed him to death in Jalan Tumbuhan.
City deputy CID chief Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said a crowd of onlookers cornered the man.
"He was disarmed, beaten up and detained until police arrived and arrested him.
"The man has been taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for medical treatment and psychological evaluation," he said.
He said the man was acting erratically when he was taken into custody.
"We believe he belongs to a cult, but have yet to verify this," he added.
The bodies of the two dead have been taken to the same hospital for a post-mortem.
ACP Khairi said the case was being investigated under Section 302 and Section 326 of the Penal Code for murder and voluntarily causing hurt with dangerous weapons.
Those with information on the case should contact the police hotline 03-2115 9999 or go to the nearest police station.