Brothers found dead in hunting trip tragedy

KOTA KINABALU - A 27-year-old man is believed to have shot himself dead after accidentally shooting his brother and friend during a hunting trip in Sipitang, 144km south of the city.

The suspected shooter's 22-year-old brother was killed on the spot while the friend, a 33-year-old farmer, survived the shots and managed to run back to the village for help following the noon incident on Dec 29.

Sipitang acting district police chief Asst Supt Mohamad Zulkiflee Mohd Yaacob said the farmer has been sent to the district hospital for treatment.

He said according to the farmer, the three of them had gone into the forest and had split into two groups - the farmer and the suspect's brother in one group and the suspect on his own - to hunt for wild boar.

"When the farmer and the suspect's brother stopped to take a rest, they were both suddenly shot at, following which the suspect shot himself," said ASP Mohamad.

"We got the location from the farmer and found the deceased brothers near each other with a gunshot wound each on their bodies."

A gunshot wound was found on the suspect's chest while his brother was shot in the back. A hand-made gun (locally known as bakakuk) and some bullets were also retrieved.

ASP Mohamad said the farmer was injured on the head and body but did not disclose whether the injuries were inflicted by gunshots.

"We are still investigating," he said, adding that the case is being probed under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.