Restaurant owner survives duo's bid to gun him down

A friend rushing to console the injured victim at the Taman Merak Business Centre in Nibong Tebal while waiting for help to arrive.

NIBONG TEBAL, Malaysia - A restaurant owner cheated death in a shooting incident at Bukit Tambun near here.

The 43-year-old was fired at four times along Jalan Kendi in the Taman Merak Business Centre but only one shot hit his chest.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said the man was about to alight from a Ford Lynx car when he was fired at by one of two suspects who rode by in a Honda EX 5Dream motorcycle.

The man, whose name has been withheld for security reasons, was alone in the car when the incident happened at 3.15pm yesterday.

Apparently, the man is the owner of a restaurant in Taman Kasawari in Simpang Ampat, where six customers were injured during an earlier shooting at the premises on Aug 23.

SAC Mazlan said the restaurant owner was rushed to the Seberang Jaya Hospital for treatment, adding that both the suspects fled the scene on a motorcycle, which bore a false number plate.

"They abandoned the machine along Jalan Perindustrian Bukit Minyak, about 5km from the crime scene after the motorcycle broke down.

"They then escaped in a car," he said.

SAC Mazlan said a police forensic team found four bullet casings at the crime scene.

He said the case is being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder.

SAC Mazlan urged eyewitnesses or those with information to call the nearest police station.