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Three shoppers shot in freak gun accident at Malaysian mall

Deutsche Presse Agentur
Published: Thursday August 31, 2006

Kuala Lumpur- Three shoppers, including two Vietnamese workers, were shot in the leg by stray bullets when a Malaysian security guard at a popular mall accidentally dropped his shotgun, reports said Friday. The guard, 24, had been loading his shotgun early Thursday when the weapon slipped and fell to the ground.

The impact resulted in the firing of several pellets which hit the two Vietnamese workers and a 42-year old man in their legs, the New Straits Times newspaper said.

The three victims were immediately sent to a nearby clinic where one of the Vietnamese nationals was admitted for surgery to remove the pellet from his leg. The other two victims received treatment for their injuries, the report said.

Later when interviewed, one of the Vietnamese men said he and his friend had gone to the mall for grocery shopping when they suddenly heard a loud bang and felt searing pain in their leg.

The guard, who had immediately ran away after the incident, was detained by police at a nearby carpark several minutes later.

Police have classified the case as negligence and have placed the suspect under remand.

© 2006 DPA - Deutsche Presse-Agenteur