04/04/2020

KOTA KINABALU: Two people were killed while a man was injured after they were accidentally shot during two separate hunting trips.

In the first case, a man was shot dead in a forest near Kg Rampayan Ulu Kota Belud.

He and his friend had gone hunting at about 2pm on March 31, said Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass.

Along the way, they spotted hoof prints which they believed were those of a deer.

“So they parted ways with the victim heading down a hill and the friend remaining on higher ground, ” he said.

Not long after that, the friend on higher ground fired a shot towards what he thought was an animal. There was a scream and it turned out to be his hunting partner.

“The victim, in his late 30s, was still conscious at that time. The suspect left the forest to get help from villagers as there was no phone reception there, ” he said.

When villagers arrived, the victim was already dead. The suspect, also in his 30s, was arrested on April 1.

Two homemade shotguns locally known as bakakuk, 13 bullets and a machete were seized.

“He has been remanded for seven days, ” said Zaini.

In the second incident in the interior Sook of Keningau district, a man surrendered to the police after he accidentally shot two of his friends during a hunting trip at the Trusmadi forest reserve on April 1.

They had gone hunting in a group of seven.

Two of them went to higher ground while the rest stayed behind to build a camp.

A while later, a man fired shots when he thought he saw a wild animal.

“It turned out to be his friends. One of them, a man in his 30s, was killed when he was shot in the head while the other, in his 50s, was shot in the thigh, ” Zaini said.

The others headed to the Keningau police station to get help.

The friends, aged between 30 and 60, were arrested on April 3.

Four homemade guns and 14 bullets were confiscated from them. All suspects from both cases are being investigated for murder.

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