An album picture of Chong and his wife who passed away a few years ago. — AFP pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — A bizarre tragedy took place when a meat seller mistook his son for a robber and shot him in the head with a pump-gun at Kg Balakong, Cheras, on Wednesday night.
Kajang OCPD ACP Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab said the incident occurred at about 10.15pm when the 76-year-old meat seller heard his Myanmar employee’s cry for help from a shed behind his house.
The seller then woke his son, Chong Kuan Fatt, 51, up and both headed to the shed, Rashid said.
The elderly man carried a pump-gun, which he is licensed to possess, while Chong was armed with a parang.
“When they got to the shed, Chong rushed in front of his father. It was very dark and the father did not notice that Chong was ahead of him,” said Rashid.
“Seeing shadows, the father fired three shots, thinking it was the robber. One of the shots hit Chong in the head, killing him instantly.”
Chong’s mother told reporters at her house that the tragedy had left her perplexed.
“I cannot accept it. I can’t believe he has left us so soon,” she said.
Police believe the robber, who had entered through the back of the shed, fled during the commotion.
Chong leaves behind a 12-year-old son, who was not home during the incident. His wife passed away a few years ago.
Rashid said the father was detained for investigations but was later released on police bail.
The case is being investigated for murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code.