A hunt is under way for a gunman linked to a gruesome shooting which left three adults and a toddler dead at a chicken processing factory in Batu Maung early on Wednesday (July 13).
The gunman’s vehicle — a four-wheel drive bearing registration number PLJ 7392 — was found abandoned in Taman Bee, Bukit Mertajam, near St Anne’s Church, leading police to believe he could have fled the state.
Penang Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Razarudin Hussain identified the gunman as Chung Chun Wah, a known criminal with a record of drug-related offences and possession of weapons.
“We have mounted a manhunt for the 32-year-old,” he told the media at the scene on Wednesday morning.
The victims were identified as factory owner Toh Hock Choon, 50, his live-in partner Tan Saw Sim, 55, her son Chung Wah Thong, 28, and grandson, Ay Dey, affectionately known as Ah Bee, two.
The suspected gunman is Saw Sim’s older son.
Investigations revealed the gunman fired several shots with a semi automatic pistol. Police recovered 11 spent casings at the scene.
Police said the gunman had turned up at the premises at about 2.55am and an argument ensured between the gunman and Saw Sim.
Toh woke and found himself embroiled in the argument during which several shots were fired.
The argument awakened Wah Thong, who was coming down the stairs cradling his child.
Crime scene investigators concluded both father and child were shot when they were on the stairs.
Police believe the gunman opened fire at the woman first before training his gun at Toh.
“We found the bodies in a pool of blood when we arrived at the scene,” Razarudin said.
Investigators learnt that the gunman had constantly turned up at the premises and was always arguing with Saw Sim over financial matters. MALAY MAIL ONLINE