GEORGE TOWN - Three suspects, said to be in their teens, have been nabbed in connection with the shooting of a 43-year-old restaurant owner who is now in a coma at the Penang Hospital.
The three were picked up at separate locations in Bukit Mertajam shortly after the shooting at Jalan Kendi in the Taman Merak Business Centre in Bukit Tambun, about 16km away.
Acting on a police tip-off, Penang police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said the suspects were said to have stolen the motorcycle used in the shooting.
"We believe they could shed light on Wednesday's incident. We need to know how the stolen motorcycle could have ended up in the wrong hands which used it for the shooting.
"We have since obtained a seven-day remand order on them," he said when contacted.
SDCP Abdul Rahim added that the victim's condition is critical.
A family member said he had requested to be warded at the Penang Hospital before he slipped into a coma.
South Seberang Prai OCPD Supt Shafien Mamat said police are investigating whether the victim had any links with triads.