Man in pink jacket goes on shooting spree in QC village, kills 2


MANILA, Philippines – Two men were killed while two of their female relatives were injured after a man went on a shooting spree in a Quezon City neighborhood on Christmas Day.

Construction worker Jayson Yago Esmer, 21, and his uncle Esteban Calbario Esmer, 46, a carpenter, died while being treated at separate hospitals after the shooting in Barangay (village) Holy Spirit past midnight Monday.

Case investigator Police Officer 2 Rhic Roldan Pittong said the lone assailant was a slim-built man, armed with a gun and with a balaclava covering his face.

Some witnesses said the gunman wore a pink jacket.

The shooting happened in front of a house on Kasiyahan Street, where the Esmers and their relatives gathered to celebrate Christmas.

Also injured in the incident were Jayson’s 50-year-old mother Marilyn, and another relative, Monica Reyes, 15.

Pittong said they are still investigating the motive behind the shooting.

A relative told police that her family was celebrating outside the victim’s house when the assailant walked up to them.

He pulled out a gun and shot the two men while the two women were hit by stray bullets. The gunman then fled on foot.

Police recovered five 9 mm shells and one deformed slug from the crime scene.

The other family members who survived the attack rushed the wounded to two separate hospitals.

Jayson died at 12:15 a.m. upon reaching the Malvar General Hospital, and Esteban was pronounced dead at 2:27 a.m. at the East Avenue Medical Center.

Both men suffered several gunshot wounds.

Pittong said Marilyn was hit in the left foot and is still confined at the EAMC, and Monica was discharged after sustaining a gunshot wound to the left hip.

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  • Htee

    This prooves that gun ban don’t work either….

    Merry Christmas….

    • Felix

      eh kasi nga po ang sumusunod sa batas ay yun lang mga lisensyadong  baril.

  • wakats

    Lawless elements have the law-abiding citizens under their spell because they can carry guns while the latter are prohibited to carry firearms outside their residence. Even in the US where the citizens are allowed by their constitution to “bear arms,” many helpless citizens were gunned down by heavily-armed, mentally-infirmed criminals who later on shot themselves to avoid captivity.

    Gun ban or not, we are at the mercy of killers.

  • jumpah

    armed the good people to fight bad people …the NRA of america says, shall we????

  • buttones

    I’ve said it before and will say it again, guns should not be in the hands of private citizens-our gun related deaths are worse than the US- expect more of this, another one in the US today-

    • INQ_reader

      You mean the incident at Brgy. Holy Spirit with 2 deaths and done around a neighborhood is worse than the incident at Sandy Hook School with 28 deaths and done inside a school?

      • It’s Up To You

        shooting spree in the US happens occasionally while in the Philippines it happens on daily basis, at least 2, 3 or more in different places in Metro Manila alone. Just read electronic news and you’ll find it much, much worse.

      • INQ_reader

         Occasionally??? Please search in Google: “U.S. Gun Violence ‘Slow Drip’ Continues Despite Connecticut Shootings” That’s 3 per day. Assuming your unsupported data is true, then US is still more violent by firearm.

        “…From 2007 to 2009, the U.S. averaged 10,987 homicides per year by
        firearm, compared with an average of 182 in Germany, 75 in Spain and 47
        in the United Kingdom…..”

      • It’s Up To You

        Can you tell us if this is what you mean unsupported data? www,bbc,co,uk/news/world-asia-20908008 “Deadly gun attack in Philippines town of Kawit”

      • INQ_reader

        Are you making a conclusion based on one incident?

      • It’s Up To You

        this is just a fraction of more incidents that you are implying unsupported data FYI.

      • INQ_reader

        Ok, I’m waiting for you to enumerate “more incidents.”

      • buttones

        As I posted to INQ_reader- the fact of the matter is- whether some people like it or not, the statistics indicate we have 9.46 murders by guns per 100,000 population and the USA have 3.7…Not quite three times but close….

      • buttones

        Sorry- I wasn’t very succinct was I- I meant to say PH gun related deaths to murder per 100,000 pop. are worse than the USA – PH is 9.46 USA is 3.7 The mass murder of 28 is of course worse than 2—
        Happy Xmas to you….

      • INQ_reader

        Where did you get your data on the Philippines? Please provide the article titile for me to search.

      • buttones

        Wikipedia [where else?]

  • malek_abdul

    This criminal is trying to be an Adam Lanza. Authorities must be more vigilant to arrest people with unlicensed and loose fire arms.

  • Klepto

    This dude should have gone to the Congress or Senate and did the shooting there!
    There are more useless people over there that Filipinos do not care about than these two skilled people.

  • Guest

     Why not reintroducing the death penalty?

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