A MAN and his wife, who were tending to their grocery store in Tabuk City in Kalinga, were hurt in an armed robbery early Tuesday evening, a Cordillera police report said.
Joel Dingoasen, 44, and his wife Venus, 40, were shot by the suspects when they came to the defense of their 23-year-old son Jovani, who was pistol-whipped by one of the three robbers who barged into their grocery store in Bgy. Dilag, Tabuk City and quickly announced a holdup at 7 p.m.
An investigation showed that the two were watching television while waiting for their customers at that time when the suspects, armed with handguns, arrived. One of the gunmen pistol-whipped Jovani, prompting the couple to fight them off.
While grappling for the guns of two of the suspects, the victims were shot. Joel suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen, the bullet exiting in his lower back while Venus was shot in the right middle finger. She also suffered multiple abrasions in the body.
The thieves later fled the scene on board a motorcycle. They were last seen heading towards Dagupan in Tabuk City.
Cordillera police director Chief Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona said the Dingoasen couple and their son were taken to the St. Lukes’ Hospital in the city before being transferred to the Ka-linga Provincial Hospital.
Sarona said responding members of the Tabuk City Police Station recovered three spent cartridges for caliber .45, a cal. .22 casing, one .22 magazine with eight live ammunition and two pieces of right-foot slippers left by the suspects at the crime scene.
He said follow-up operations are still underway to identify and arrest the robbers.
With Cesar Reyes