Wakaf Tapai Rukun Tetangga deputy chairman shot dead by close friend

MARANG (Bernama): A man was killed and his nephew seriously injured after being shot with a shotgun allegedly by a close friend in an incident at a Rukun Tetangga hut in Taman Raya Wakaf Tapai here Friday afternoon (July 23).

The deceased was identified as Fong Swee Fuan, 65, who was also the Wakaf Tapai Rukun Tetangga sector deputy chairman, while his nephew was identified as Teo Hock Beng, 45.

His nephew suffered serious injuries to his chest in the 2pm incident.

Terengganu police chief Datuk Rohaimi Md Isa said police received information on the incident, and a police team rushed to the scene.

"The preliminary investigation revealed that the 57-year-old suspect fired a shotgun, believed belonging to the People’s Volunteer Corps (Rela), twice at the direction of the two victims.

"Before fleeing the scene, the suspect issued a warning that he had 75 rounds of ammunition and would kill more people before committing suicide,” he said when met by reporters at the crime scene.

Rohaimi said the suspect, who was a Rela member, escaped in a four-wheel-drive vehicle but was caught by police at an area near the Durian Mentangau farm, Dungun around 4.20pm today, and the weapon used to shoot both victims was seized.

"For now, we do not know the real motive behind the incident and based on the information we obtained, the suspect and the victim were good friends and stayed in the same housing estate,” he said, adding that the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

He said Swee Fuan’s body was brought to Hulu Terengganu Hospital while Hock Beng was being treated there.

Meanwhile, the deceased’s brother, Fong Swee Heng, 59, said when the shooting happened, he was at a shop near the housing area and was informed about the incident by residents.

"While at the shop, I heard two explosive sounds. I thought they were fireworks, but it turned out they were gunshots. When I knew my brother was shot, I rushed to the location and bumped into the suspect along the way. He told me that he had shot my brother before fleeing,” he told reporters.

When he arrived at the scene, he found his brother had died while his nephew was lying down injured. – Bernama
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