Taxi driver shot with pistol he found in taxi

KUALA LUMPUR - A taxi driver, who is a part-time debt collector, was shot in the thigh with a pistol which he claimed he found at the back seat of his taxi early Thursday.

The 27-year-old man told police he had dropped off a passenger in front of a restaurant in Sri Hartamas at 7.30am when he found a backpack while searching for his water bottle. City CID chief Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the man claimed that he opened the bag and found the pistol inside it.

"He was trying to open the magazine of the pistol when it suddenly fired. The bullet went through the palm of his left hand and hit his left thigh," Ku said.

The man has undergone an operation to remove the bullet at the Univesity Malaya Medical Centre. A witness to the incident said he heard a shot and saw the taxi driver put the pistol on the dashboard of the car before passing out.

It is learnt that the taxi driver believed that the pistol was left behind by two foreigners whom he had ferried. He was also suspicious of the duo as they had instructed him to drive faster when they saw a police patrol vehicle earlier.