GEORGE TOWN: The man allegedly behind the brutal shootings in a chicken processing factory in Batu Maung has been shot dead by police in Air Itam near here Thursday.
The suspect, Chung Chun Wah, 32, was shot in front of a souvenir shop near the Kek Lok Si temple at around 7pm.
Chung was believed to have fled to Bukit Mertajam after he allegedly shot his mother Tan Saw Sim, 55; brother Chung Wah Thong, 28, his two-year-old nephew Ayden and Tan's boyfriend Toh Hock Choon, 50, with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol at around 2.45am on Wednesday.
It was learnt that he later went back to Penang Island with the help of a friend and hid near the Kek Lok Si temple.
Penang police received a tip-off and acted to take the suspect down.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar later tweeted a congratulatory message to his Penang counterparts.
"Syabas STAFFOC @PDRMsia tumpaskan penjenayah selepas bbalas tembak di Air Itam Pg tadi. Spek disyaki tlibat kes bunuh 4 sekeluarga #GoPDRMGo (Well done, STAFFOC @PDRMsia for taking down the criminal in shootout in Air Itam this evening. Suspect believed involved in shooting of family of four)," he tweeted.
Gunman kills four in cold blood at chicken plant
Weeks after birthday celebration – tragedy
Gift of bike leads to fatal ending for woman
Truck used by shooter in Batu Maung murder found