POLICE Regional Office 9 director, Chief Superintendent Emmanuel Luis D. Licup yesterday said that his men are investigating three separate shooting incidents in Zamboanga Peninsula on Saturday and Sunday, one of which killed a man.
The official identified the slain victim as Willy Legutom, a resident of Barangay Baculot in Tambulig, Zamboanga del Sur. An investigation showed the victim and a friend identified as Gardo Sabanal were on board a motorcycle when they were shot by an unidentified gunman who was also riding a motorbike.
Witnesses said the suspect who was wearing a helmet suddenly opened fire at the victims along Purok 4 in Bgy. Paradise in Ramon Magsaysay municipality at 5:50 p.m. Sunday. As a result, Legutom was hit in the head and died on the spot while Sabanal suffered multiple body contusions when Legutom lost control of the motorbike causing it to crash on the ground.
Licup said members of the Ramon Magsaysay Municipal Police Station are still investigating the motive and identity of the killer who was armed with a caliber .45 pistol.
In Titay, Zamboanga Sibugay, police arrested a farmer identified as Ryan Dar,33, after he shot one Arnel Dingal,23, in Purok Fortune, Poblacion Titay at 10:20 p.m. Sunday.
An investigation showed the victim was having a conversation with his friends outside a neighbor’s house when the suspect arrived and immediately fired at the victim using a cal. .45 pistol.
The victim was taken to the Zamboanga Sibugay Provincial Hospital for treatment of a bullet wound in his neck.
Licup said members of the Titay Municipal Police Station arrested Dar and confiscated his weapon. The suspect will be charged for attempted murder and illegal possession of firearm, the official said.
Licup said he has also ordered a thorough investigation into a reported shooting incident near the Bgy. Lumangoy Hall in Sominot, Zamboanga del Sur 8:30 p.m. last Saturday.
The incident reportedly involved two unidentified gunmen who strafed the house of barangay chairman Wennie Podiotan,38, after hurling invectives at the official and firing shots in the air to scare local residents.
Licup said members of the Sominot MPS recovered nine spent M-16 casings, four alive M-16 ammunition and three caliber .45 cartridges at the scene of the shooting.
The official said the Podiotan family was unhurt in the attack. Licup said the gunmen immediately fled after the incident and are still being tracked down by the local police and military.