GEORGE TOWN: Alert members of the public were responsible for police cornering the heartless killer who shot four members of his family in Batu Maung yesterday.
It was learnt that Chung Chun Wah, 32, strolled coolly near the Air Itam Market at 1pm, stopping to buy a sugar cane drink.
A local, who was driving past him, recognised him from the pictures splattered on the front page of local dailies today.
The unidentified passerby immediately informed the police operations room that “he was wearing a blue shirt and a cap”.
A few others, too, who recognised him, alerted the cops as well.
An “all-points bulletin” was then posted to patrol cars in the area, with police keeping a close watch on him and a Proton Wira car.
It is believed that Chung’s friends had probably lent the car to him for his “escape” after he had abandoned his mother’s boyfriend’s Toyota Hilux in Bukit Mertajam yesterday morning after the shootings.
Plainclothes officers from the northeast district police department, with a group of Bukit Aman cops, followed Chung around the market.
It was learnt that police did not want to alarm the suspect who was spotted at a temple, Penang’s biggest tourist spot, as it was crowded with people.
A school nearby had also dismissed the morning session students.
It would have been disastrous if the man had spotted the police and used hostages to shoot his way out as he was known to be armed with a firearm, purchased on the black market.
Police had earlier warned the public that Chung was “armed and very dangerous”.
Events that led to the man’s shooting, however, were not clear as police gradually closed roads leading to the Kek Lok Si Temple at the corner of Jalan Pasar and Jalan Balik Pulau.
At 6.45pm, Chung was shot dead by police at souvenir shop near the entrance to the temple.
Penang Criminal Investigation Department Chief SAC Razaruddin Hussain told reporters at the scene that police fired shots at Chung in self defence.
“At that time, Chung was seated in a car. When we approached him, he fired a few shots, using the same gun from yesterday’s incident.
“In defence, policemen fired shots at him and was killed,” Razaruddin said.
Razaruddin said his identity card confirmed that it was indeed Chung. Police recovered his 9mm semi automatic pistol.
“I would like to thank the members of the public who informed us of his whereabouts.”
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