From The Star 1 April 2009:
Gunman on shooting spree
JOHOR BARU: A gunman and his accomplice went on a shooting spree in the city, killing one person and injuring two others in three separate incidents.
Johor CID chief Senior Asst Comm (II) Datuk Amer Awal said the first incident occurred near a petrol station in Taman Perling, at 9.17pm on Monday.
He said the victim, a 19-year-old self-employed youth, was on his way to refuel at the petrol station when two men on a motorcycle tried to stop him.
As the men were strangers, he sped off but heard three shots being fired. He was hit on his right ankle and later received medical treatment for his injuries.
SAC (II) Amer said police believe the same duo shot and killed a 23-year-old man behind a bank, along Jalan Camar 1 in Taman Perling, less than 15 minutes later.
The victim, identified as P. Vikneswaran, from Beruas, Taiping, was shot in the back.
Five hours later, police believe the same duo shot at a 37-year-old vegetable warehouse caretaker, in the Pulai industrial area, and injured his left hand.
He was rushed to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital and is reported to be stable.
SAC (II) Amer said although the suspects who shot the caretaker came in cars, police had reason to believe they were connected to the first two cases.
“We have ruled out robbery as nothing was taken from the victims, but are pursuing several options in our investigation,” he said.
SAC (II) Amer said that after the first case was reported, police had launched a manhunt.
“We have identified the suspects but have yet to establish a motive for the shootings,” he said adding that the suspects are believed to be in their 20s or 30s.
He also said several witnesses had seen a group of six motorcyclists in the same area in the first two cases and police were working on establishing if they were linked to the crimes.
SAC (II) Amer advised the public to call the police if they noticed strangers in their area.
Those with information about the shootings have been urged to contact the nearest police station or the police hotline at 07-2212 999.
Note that it took an entire two days (the news update came Wednesday night) before this was reported in the news.