MANILA, Philippines — Motorcycle-riding gunmen shot and injured Wednesday morning a 42-year-old policeman on his way to work at Camp Karingal in Quezon City.
Police Officer 3 Gerardo Granado, detailed with the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) warrant section, was shot while he was in front of the Tajuna Funeral Homes along Litex Road in Barangay (village) Commonwealth at 7 a.m. He sustained two bullet wounds in the left shoulder.
The shooters were able to flee before Granado could fire back. The wounded policeman drove himself to the General Malvar Hospital for treatment of two bullet wounds.
Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo, the QCPD-CIDU head, said Granado was driving his Toyota Tamaraw FX to the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal in Sikatuna Village, when two men riding in tandem on a motorcycle drove by the side Granado’s vehicle and started firing at the policeman.
Before the wounded policeman could retaliate, the gunmen sped away. Instead of pursuing the gunmen, Granado drove to the nearest hospital to have his injuries treated.
Marcelo said that Granado was in stable condition and was transferred to a different hospital as of Wednesday afternoon.
Marcelo said the victim has given a statement to the police, saying he could not identify the gunmen who were both wearing crash helmets and black jackets at the time of the attack.
The QCPD-CIDU chief added that Granado was not even able to take note of the motorcycle’s license plate.
Likewise, Marcelo said, Granado could not think of any reason he would be targeted for liquidation.
Marcelo ruled out the possibility that the assault was work-related. The victim, being the warrant section’s liaison officer to the Quezon City courts, is limited to administrative work, according to Marcelo.