Hired killers may have shot Tan, say police

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  • Sunday, 05 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: Police believe hired-killers could have shot dead businessman Tan Hock Low at a well-known restaurant in Jalan Imbi here on Thursday. 

City deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm II Datuk Ahmad Bahrin Idrus said it was possible Tan was shot because of revenge for various motives, including business rivalry and jealousy. 

He said initial investigations showed the .9mm automatic pistol, which the gunmen threw after shooting dead Tan, was not registered. 

“There were fingerprints on the pistol and we have sent it to the Chemistry Department for tests,'' he said at a Hari Raya celebration at the Brickfields district police headquarters here yesterday. 

Police had recovered the pistol, containing seven live bullets, at the scene while searching for evidence several hours after the 10.15pm incident. 

Tan, who was having dinner with three people, was shot four times in his chest and hand by one of the two gunmen and was pronounced dead upon arrival at Gleneagles Medical Centre, Ampang. 

Another man, believed to be Tan's bodyguard, suffered a gunshot wound. He underwent surgery and is now in stable condition at the hospital.  

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