Gravel-sand dealer shot, critical

CABANATUAN CITY -- A 64-year-old gravel-and-sand dealer was critically-wounded during a gun attack staged by two riding-in-tandem suspects here on Wednesday night.

The attack occurred less than two days before the national government allowed motorcycle-back-riding by couples starting July 10, Friday.

City police head Lt. Col. Arnel M. Dial identified the wounded trader as Graciano Gonzales, alias Boy, also a hollow-blocks maker, of Purok Pag-Asa, Bgy. Daan Sarile.

Reports said the two suspects, one of them an unidentified woman, entered the victim's premises and introduced themselves as buyers of hollow-blocks.

After talking to the trader and ascertaining their target, the gunman, as if on cue, pulled out a gun and repeatedly fired at the victim, hitting him in the face, chest, and neck. Staff Sgt. Xavier M. Corpuz, case investigator said the gun attack was pulled off at 6:30 p.m.

After the attack, he said the suspects, who were riding a black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle fled towards an unknown direction.

Corpuz said the victim was immediately rushed to the Premiere General Hospital where he was initially declared under stable condition. However, after checking the condition of the victim on Wednesday afternoon, Corpuz said his condition was said to have been "deteriorating."

He said they are clueless and still ascertaining the motive for the attack.

Probers described the gunman, also the motorcycle driver, to be wearing a blue jacket and khaki shorts, with a blue surgical mask covering his face while his back rider-woman was clad in a yellow t-shirt and blue leggings.