Police say two gangs in Klang are fighting over territory to carry out activities of extortion, organised crime and robbery.
PETALING JAYA: The close-range shooting of a gang member in Klang last Saturday has led police to believe a full-fledged war has broken out between rival gangs as they fight over territory to carry out their business of extortion, organised crime and robbery.
In the latest incident, a 26-year-old member of Gang 36 was shot at four times while seated in his Proton Wira, parked just 700m from his house in Taman Jaya Utama, Teluk Panglima Garang, the Malay Mail said.
“He had two gun shot wounds to his face, another two to his neck and chest,” said a police source, adding that the victim was a known criminal.
Police also believe the murder was an act of revenge for the fatal stabbing of a rival gang member, M Gunasegaran also known as Asli Guna, last Wednesday. Asli Guna belonged to Gang 24.
In reacting to the killings, Selangor police formed a special task force and have hauled in 11 gang members so far. Police are on the lookout for a total of 200 other gang members.
The gangs are suspected to be fighting for control of Banting, Kampung Jawa and Teluk Panglima Garang to carry out their criminal activities.
Selangor CID chief Mohd Adnan Abdullah in commenting about the killings said Gang 24 members took to the streets in Klang during Asli Guna’s funeral procession last Thursday to send a message that they were ready to declare all-out war on their rivals.
“The gang members are behaving blatantly and are challenging each other, but we have come up with a strategy to stop them.
“We know what we are doing and will seize control of the situation,” Mohd Adnan said.
Yesterday, police released a photo-fit of the suspect in Asli Guna’s murder, identifying him as one M Shanmugam, aka Sunboy, 31, from Jalan Dendang, Taman Sahabat, Klang.
Asli Guna, a convicted criminal himself, was drinking with a friend at a restaurant when a group of men attacked him with machetes.