Drug deal gone wrong led to murder at Bukit Bintang hotel

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Two local suspects wanted by the police to help in investigations into a shooting incident at a hotel in Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday have been arrested.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Azmi Abu Kassim said the two suspects, aged 47 and 51, were arrested in a raid at a residence in Puchong about 8.15pm yesterday.

He said in the raid, police seized a .38 revolver, a Barreta semi-automatic pistol, 14 bullets, a red Honda RS150 motorcycle, two helmets, two sets of shirts and pants, two pairs of sports shoes, a sling bag as well as three mobile phones of various brands.


“One (of) the pistols is believed to have been used in the (shooting) incident,” he said in a press conference at Kuala Lumpur contingent police headquarters today.

On Tuesday, a 49-year-old local man was found dead with gunshot wounds to his forehead in a hotel room in Bukit Bintang an hour after he checked in.

The body was discovered by a hotel employee who entered the man’s room and then called police at about 7pm.

He said based on police investigations, it was found that all the suspects (the first suspect was arrested at the scene on the same day of the incident) and victim had met at the hotel room to conduct drug-dealing business and that the victim had a criminal record with 14 entries connected to kidnapping, murder and drugs.

Meanwhile, Azmi said a check on the first suspect found he also had a criminal record with seven previous drug-related offences.

He said the man was remanded for six days starting yesterday until Monday. Remand applications for the other two suspects would be applied for today.

The case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.