(File pix) Two men were injured when they were shot at close range by a man armed with a semi automatic pistol at a coffee shop in Bukit Gambir near Tangkak, Johor early today.

JOHOR BARU: Two men were injured when they were shot at close range by a man armed with a semi-automatic pistol at a coffee shop in Bukit Gambir near Tangkak early today.

Johor police chief Datuk Mohd Khalil Kader Mohd said the 4am incident occurred when the man wearing a full face helmet and armed with the pistol fired seven shots at the two victims and their friends.

"Seven shots were fired at the group, at close range. After the incident, the man escaped on his motorcycle.

"The victims who are in their 30s were sent to hospitals in Muar and Melaka for treatment. They are both in stable condition.

"The motive of the incident is being investigated," said Khalil in a press statement Friday.

The case is investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder and Section 3(1) of the Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act 1971 for discharging a firearm in the commission of a scheduled offence.

It is learnt that the injured victims were a 32-year-old car workshop operator and a 30-year-old unemployed man, who are both locals.

"The duo was among a group of five friends who were having drinks at the coffee shop, which began its operations at 3am.

"Initial investigations revealed that the man allegedly got off his motorcycle and fired at the victims.

"The victims' friends then rushed the injured men to the hospital for treatment," said a police source.

The source added that police are also trying to obtain close circuit television footage of the incident from a nearby 24-hour convenience shop and medicine shop.

The police are currently gathering more information from the crime scene.

Those with information about the incident have been urged to contact Tangkak District Criminal Investigation Division chief Assistant Superintendent Azmi Ali at 012-3344200 or the Tangkak district police operations room at 06-9787471.

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