Laborer runs amuck in Ecija town, shot dead

PEÑARANDA, Nueva Ecija -- A 39-year-old construction worker was shot dead after he went on a shooting rampage and wounded a police sergeant responding to the said incident here last Monday.

Police Capt. Rey Ian Agliam, town police head identified the slain suspect as Larry Reyes, alias Isko, single, of Bgy. Sinasajan, this town.

Wounded was Senior Master Sgt. Redentor P. Reyes, 39, of Bgy. Mangino, Gapan City. He was hit by the suspect in the abdomen and was rushed to the Good Samaritan Hospital in nearby Gapan City for treatment.

Agliam said the suspect allegedly went berserk and fired his gun several times in the neighborhood, prompting barangay captain Rodel Abesamis to seek the help of the police.

Upon arrival at the area, the responding policemen, however, were surprised when they were greeted by successive gunfire coming from the suspect, who was hiding behind a house.

In the ensuing gunfight, Reyes was hit and the suspect was neutralized.