Two teenagers and a young man have been charged with the murder of a Brisbane doctor, who was gunned down outside his home on Monday night.
Respected doctor Luping Zeng was shot in the chest while in the garage of his Brisbane home while his wife and children were inside.
A 17-year-old Slacks Creek boy was arrested on Thursday afternoon in South Brisbane.
A 19-year-old man was arrested in the same suburb at 11am on Friday and a 20-year-old was arrested in neighbouring Woodridge minutes later.
The three are now each charged with murder along with robbery and firearms offences.
Dr Zeng was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition where he was pronounced dead, leaving his family in shock.
The local Chinese community have been rallying around Dr Zeng’s grieving wife and two adult children, who moved to Australia in 2000 and all work in the medical field.
The 56-year-old was highly regarded in the Chinese community, he gained popularity specialising in complicated skin cancer surgery at the Waterford 7 Day Medical Centre and Skin Cancer Clinic.
Dr Zeng was described by colleagues calm and gentle.
His wife is also a doctor and their two children are following in their parents footsteps by studying to become doctors.
The suspected killer has been charged with murder and other offences. Source:
Queensland detectives believe those charged and the doctor were unknown to each other but have assured shaken locals that they are safe.
Detective Superintendent Tony Fleming says the youngest boy didn’t know Dr Zeng and robbery appeared to be the motive.
“It was likely this is a crime of opportunity that has escalated and resulted in the death of Dr Zeng,” he told reporters on Friday.
In an earlier statement, Superintendent Fleming said: “The safety of all Queenslanders is important to the Queensland Police Service … we want to reassure the community that the QPS will continue to work with the community to ensure everyone’s safety”.
The arrest of the three suspects comes after police released photos on Thursday of a stolen silver 2013 Hyundai Elantra hatchback linked to the killing.
The 17-year-old was remanded in custody while the two older males were ordered to appear at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday.
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