A man was shot dead at point-blank range while praying with his wife and children at a temple near Gelang Patah at 7.30pm yesterday.
The victim, K. Jaganathan, 37, had a police record.
Initial police investigations revealed that the gunman had arrived on a motorcycle ridden by an accomplice at the temple in Taman Nusantara.
He walked into the temple, confronted Jaganathan and fired several shots before escaping on the motorcycle.
Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said the victim, from Taman Universiti near Skudai, was sent to a nearby clinic but died upon arrival. The body was then sent to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital in Johor Baru.
Less than three hours later police detained a 30-year-old man in Gelang Patah to facilitate investigations.
"A task force headed by acting state CID chief ACP Azizan Anan has been set up to investigate the killing. We are also in the midst of intensifying 'Ops Cantas' to track down those involved," Mokhtar told reporters today.
It is believed Jaganathan was linked with a secret society. – Bernama, August 31, 2013.