'I heard brother telling mum I was going to die'

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"I even overheard my brother in a conversation with my mother, telling her that I was going to die."

This was what Dr Anusha Ari­var­ni Kershnian, 33, heard after she was shot in the head and sent to the hospital.

But she defied the odds and mi­­raculously survived to tell the tale.

A month ago, Dr Anusha was driving along Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Express­way heading for the Penang Bridge after meeting a friend ear­lier.

It was a case of being at the wrong place at the wrong time.

"A stray bullet went through the windscreen and hit my forehead," recalled Dr Anusha in an interview at her home yesterday.

3 killed in Penang expressway shooting

  • A bodyguard apparently went berserk and shot dead his own boss, killed two other men and injured four others at the expressway leading to the Penang Bridge.
  • The man was in a car together with his boss, who was driving the vehicle, and another man when he suddenly drew out his gun and shot his 32-year-old boss.
  • The boss was identified the Datuk as Ong Teik Kwong, who had been conferred his Datukship by the Sultan of Pahang earlier this year.
  • The other passenger fled on foot but the bodyguard also got out off the vehicle and started shooting at him, hitting others in the process.
  • Traffic came to an almost standstill heading towards Penang Bridge following the incident.
  • One of the injured was cameraman Muhamad Amirul Amin Amir, who was on a motorcycle.
  • Three other men were also injured in the incident.
  • Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainol Samah said police arrested the bodyguard, who is in his 40s, at the scene.
  • A 32-year-old businessman who was travelling in the same car as Ong, has also been remanded seven days to facilitate investigations.
  • A source said the bodyguard, who was in the back seat, had an argument with Datuk Ong Teik Kwong, who was driving his BMW at the time.
  • "There was an argument and the bodyguard went berserk. All of sudden, he whipped out his pistol and shot Ong in the head from behind," the source said.
  • "After that, he hit Ong's driver on the head with the pistol."
  • The driver then ran for his life with the gunman chasing on foot. He fired at the driver but missed and the stray bullets hit several innocent passers-by.
  • The bodyguard who allegedly shot dead his boss at Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu Expressway on Thursday had only started work that day.
  • M. Senthil, who supplies flowers to florists and temples, was going back to his home on the mainland when he was also hit by a stray bullet.
  • Choi Hon Ming, a professional clown, was killed after he was hit by a stray bullet.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.
  • Four others were also injured by stray bullets.

Bleeding profusely, she remained composed and continued driving.

She called her friends at the Penang Hospital and her family as she drove towards Penang Bridge.

A motorist, who came to her aid when she stopped near the midspan of the bridge, drove her to meet her brother who was waiting to rush her to the Seberang Jaya Hospital.

"I was still conscious then," Dr Anusha said, adding that she was later transferred to the Penang Hospital where a neurosurgeon removed the bullet.

A scan earlier showed that the bullet did not reached her brain but was lodged within the skull, she said.

Five days later, the eldest of three siblings who graduated from Mela­ka-Manipal Medical College and now training to become a cardiac surgeon, was discharged from the hospital.

Dr Anusha's mother P. Amutha­valli, 53, said she only came to grasp later why her daughter had called her that day.

"It could have been our last conversation but I am most happy it was not. From now on, I am not letting her drive alone, especially at night," she said.