Slain doctor identified as hunt for killer continues
THE man shot down in the garage of his home on Brisbane's southside overnight has been identified as Luping Zeng, a doctor from Waterford 7-Day Medical Centre and Skin Cancer Clinic.
Dr Zeng is a respected member of Brisbane's Chinese community and has more than 30 years medical experience, according to one of his online profiles.
After graduating from medical school overseas, Dr Zeng began studying plastic and reconstructive surgery, where he went on to forge an 11-year career.
That would become the foundation for him to take on his next career move as a skin cancer doctor and he moved to Australia in 2000, his profile says.
He obtained the Fellowship of Royal Australian College of General Practice in 2006 and undertook postgraduate study in skin cancer medicine at University of Queensland.
His profile says he was awarded a Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer), and became an accredited skin cancer doctor with Skin Cancer College Australia.
"Equipped with advanced training and sophisticated surgical skill, Dr Zeng has shifted his focus onto Skin Cancer Medicine and possesses exceptional competence in providing more comprehensive and complex skin cancer services to his patients, especially dealing with intricate skin cancer lesion located in face, nose, ears and lower legs," the profile reads.
"He is passionate about skin cancer detection, diagnosis and management, aiming to achieve the best cosmetic outcome during the process of skin cancer services."
Dr Zeng's "special interests" are listed as "managing complicated and difficult skin cancer lesions located in face, nose, ears and lower legs by utilising various surgical methods including elliptical excision, wedge excision, various skin flap and skin graft for all types of skin cancer e.g. BCC, SCC and melanoma, etc."
The Chinese community crime prevention committee said there had been an issue with general crime particularly in the Sunnybank area.
"Regardless of what is behind what happened the community has great concern over safety of the environment that they live in," committee chairwoman Vicky Yu said.
"It has been an ongoing issue and we have been trying to work with Queensland Police to try and break down barriers and improve the safety of the community."
She said this had recently delivered results.
Queensland Chinese Forum honorary president Peter Low was devastated by the news.
"It is a great shock," he said.
Police have launched an appeal to help find the killer of a Brisbane doctor who police believe was shot in his garage last night.
Acting Detective Inspector Steven McCartney said the man's death was a tragic event, adding his wife is also an overseas trained doctor and both his daughters were training to become doctors.
At around 11.40pm, emergency services received a call from a woman, believed to be the man's wife, saying the man had been shot in the chest.
The 56-year-old was transported from a house on Delfin Drive, MacGregor, to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition, where he was later pronounced dead.
The shooter remains at large and it's believed the pair didn't know each other.
Police said the man, gunned down in his garage, was a GP within the Chinese community.
"The garage door was open and he was tending to pack his car for today's work," Act Det Insp McCartney said.
"The man's family were at home at the time - his wife and his two adult children."
The family did not witness the attack but heard a single gunshot.
The man's wife is also a doctor and his two children are studying medicine.
"These are professional members of the community, they dedicate their time to helping people, this is just a tragic event that's occurred," Act Det Insp McCartney said.
A small light-coloured sedan or hatchback was seen leaving the incident and police are calling anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage to come forward.
He said a large number of detectives were investigating all avenues to find out what exactly happened.
"We are speaking with witnesses in the area, the particular area we are focusing our investigations on is within the MacGregor area, bounded by Mains Road, Delfin Street and Granadilla Street," he said.
"The Mount Gravatt Criminal Investigation Branch and the Homicide Investigation unit are expending a great deal of resources in attempting to locate the persons responsible."
"We believe it's one person but could possibly be more."
"This is a matter that the members of the community should be concerned about, but be comforted in the fact the QPS is expending a lot of resources to identify who is responsible," he said.
A man has recalled what he believes are the last moments of his friend's life after hearing a "five second" scream outside the house.
Jimmy Huang said he heard what sounded like the "last breaths of the guy" after a loud gunshot.
"It was not a normal scream from the guy. It was crying out," he said.
Mr Huang, 20, said he is a friend of the family involved in the incident.
He said there are six occupants who reside there - two parents, two daughters and their grandparents.
The mother and father of the girls are doctors, Mr Huang said.
He said he knew them "quite well".
"It is (a shock). Normally you'd think MacGregor is a pretty safe place," he said.
"They're quite nice people. I don't know what the hell happened."
According to Mr Huang, one of the daughters at the home is a teenage girl. The other is aged in her early 20s.