GEORGE TOWN — Wanted gunman Chung Chun Wah met his Waterloo near the Air Itam market place yesterday evening — some 40 hours after being on the run following the Batu Maung shooting which claimed four victims.
Coincidentally, it was at this market where his mother had suggested that Chun Wah turn over a new leaf and start a poultry business, leaving behind his life of crime, but it fell on deaf ears.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar congratulated the task force team set up to track down the gunman on their success.
His personal twitter account (@KBAB51) confirmed the identity of the gunman.
Police, who had been involved in a manhunt since the predawn shooting of the four on Wednesday, were tipped off about Chun Wah’s whereabouts.
They rushed to the scene and spotted a car fitted with false number plates at about 7pm.
Seated behind the steering wheel was a man wearing a baseball cap.
On seeing the police party, Chun Wah opened fire. But before he could dash out of the vehicle, police returned fire killing him instantly.
They found Chun Wah clutching a semi automatic pistol, and a magazine loaded with several rounds of ammunition. Several spent casings were found.
Soon after the shooting, state senior forensic pathologist consultant Datuk Dr Bhupinder Singh arrived at the scene accompanied by Criminal Investigations Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Datuk Razarudin Hussain.
Earlier in the day, police described the manner the victims were killed as being done by someone who was in a confused state of rage and evidently merciless.
“Imagine this, he killed his mother, brother … he may not have hesitated to kill anyone else who came in his way,” Penang Chief Police Officer Deputy Commissioner Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rajab said.
Fourteen shots were fired at the scene of the crime in Batu Maung, with four shots fired each at Chun Wah’s brother, their mother and her live-in partner, and two shots at his two-year-old nephew.
Chun Wah had turned up at his mother’s container cabin home within the chicken processing factory premises at Block H off Jalan Batu Maung.
Investigations revealed an argument ensued after his mother, Tan Saw Sim, 55, rejected demands for money. Her live-in partner Tan Hock Choon, who was the factory owner, got involved in the argument.
Chun Wah whipped out a pistol and opened fire killing his mother first, before training the weapon on Hock Choon.
Chun Wah’s brother, Wah Thong, 28, came down the stairs carrying his son, Ay Dey, affectionately called Ah Bee, to investigate the commotion and firecracker- like sounds.
The gunman opened fire again, killing both father and son, leaving them in a pool of blood at the foot of the stairs.
Soon after the incident, Chun Wah was seen fleeing from the container cabin and speeding off in a four-wheel drive vehicle, which was found abandoned at Taman Bee, near the St Anne’s Church in Bukit Mertajam, about seven hours later.
Crime scene investigators and forensic experts were able to piece together events which unfolded in the premises, and this was corroborated with post-mortem reports performed on the four.