Trader shot in gun attack, critical

August 04, 2019

STA. ROSA, Nueva Ecija – A 49-year-old businessman engaged in the money-lending trade with millions of pesos loaned out to his creditors was critically-wounded in a gun attack staged by a lone motorcycle-riding suspect at past noon here Saturday.

Town police head Major Steven O. Dela Cruz yesterday identified the critically-wounded trader as Gregorio Simbulan Jr., a private creditor, of Bgy. Rajal Norte, this town.

He sustained gunshot wounds in the head after being shot twice by a lone Honda Beat-motorcycle-riding gunman donning a bull cap and whose face was half-covered with a handkerchief. The trader was rushed to the Nueva Ecija Doctors Hospital in Cabanatuan City where he is listed under critical condition.

The gun attack transpired in front of a store in Purok 2, Bgy. San Pedro at 12:15 p.m.

Dela Cruz said the victim was sipping coffee when he was attacked. He was at the store to talk to the store- owner, reportedly a guarantor of the loans the trader are giving to prospective creditors, said Dela Cruz.

The police chief said they are looking at the victim’s money-lending business as an initial motive because the trader has allegedly loaned out millions in pesos to his creditors.

“Wala daw natatanggap na death threats ang biktima at wala din daw nakakaaway na tao, kaya ang business niyang pautangan ang aming angulong tinitingnan,” Dela Cruz told this writer in a phone interview yesterday.

Dela Cruz said the victim’s wife, an employee of PSBank-Gapan City branch, is still in the state of shock and could not give any details yet about her husband’s business, adding that the victim’s mobile phone has a password and could not be opened for any possible clues about the shooting.

Investigation showed the gunman pretended to be buying cigarettes at the store before shooting the victim and escaping towards north direction going to the highway.
Dela Cruz described the gunman as about 5’6 to 5’8 in height and wearing a dark-blue t-shirt and black cap.