TIAONG, QUEZON— A barangay captain died while being treated at the hospital minutes after he was shot several times at Sitio Silangan, Bgy. Behia, here, on Wednesday night.
Town police commander, Lt. Col. Eufronio Obong, said Ildefonso de Vero Belda, 55, sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body.
Obong said Belda was standing near the street while waiting for his friend who at that time was closing the gate of his house.
He said the still unidentifed gunman suddenly approched the village chief and repeatedly shot the latter in close range inflicting fatal wounds.
The suspect then fled on foot leaving the almost lifeless victim lying on the street.
Residents rushed the victim to United Candelaria Doctor’s Hospital in the adjacent town of Candelaria and was later transferred to Quezon Memorial Hospital in Lucena City where he eventually died.
Police said love triangle is among the possible cause of the killing.
But they refused to eleborate, saying investigation is still in progress.