A WEDDING reception in San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan on Sunday night turned into a tragedy when a policeman went on a shooting spree killing his target and injuring the groom, Bulacan Police Provincial Office director, Colonel Chito G. Bersaluna said yesterday.
Slain in the incident was Margarettee Cleavan Rosal, a 26-year old gasoline station pump attendant while wounded was newly-wed Reggie Tulosa.
According to Bersaluna, the victims were shot by Patrolman Jessie Gubat,27, a member of the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group assigned with the CIDG Cabanatuan office in Nueva Ecija and residing at TC 11, Barangay Citrus, San Jose del Monte City.
An initial investigation conducted by the San Jose del Monte City Police Station headed by Lt. Col. Orlando Castil Jr. showed that at around 10:40 p.m. Sunday, Pat. Gubat appeared in front of the house of the victims where the wedding reception was being held and immediately shot Rosal but missed and instead hit Tolusa in the right thigh.
After the incident, Rosal reportedly went after the cop and caught with him in front of the suspect’s residence where he was repeatedly shot in the body by the policeman. The victim died on the spot.
Bersaluna said the policeman was also shot by a still unidentified suspect in his lower abdomen. He and Tulosa were taken to the Sapang Palay District Hospital for treatment.
Other reports said the cop went at the reception site and looked for Rosal who was then singing. After finding his target, the policeman reportedly opened fire without any provocation before fleeing on board a motorcycle.
Rosal, joined by some fellows, reportedly went after the cop triggering the shooting incident in front of the lawman’s residence where the body of Rosal was found sprawled.
Police are still investigating who really shot Gubat who will be facing charges for murder and frustrated murder. An old grudge is said to have triggered the shooting.