Farmer dead in Ecija gun attack

CUYAPO, Nueva Ecija – A 67-year-old farmer was shot dead inside his house by an unidentified armed assassin who fled on foot after the attack here on Sunday night.

Police Maj. Manuel Catacutan, provincial police information officer, said farmer Tranquilino Dela Cruz, of Bgy. Tutuloy was watching television at 10:50 p.m. when the gunman arrived and shot the victim once from the window of the house.

The victim, who sustained a lone gunshot wound in the body, was immediately rushed by his relatives to the nearby Guimba District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by an attending physician.

Catacutan said probers recovered fired cartridge case at the crime scene.

He said they are still investigating possible motives for the killing.