Village councilor, suspect dead, 7 others hurt in Isabela shooting
MANILA, Philippines — A village councilor and his attacker were killed while seven others were wounded in a shooting incident in Isabela province, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.
In a report, the PNP identified the barangay councilor as Gerly Telan and the injured as barangay chief Briscio Gammari, Isidro Mamauag, Michael Mansibang, Vicenta Guiquing, Jose Mamauag, Sofrino Crisologo, and Allen Cauan.
Initial investigation revealed that all victims were in the middle of dancing in Dalena, San Pablo, Isabela on Tuesday, March 8, when the suspect suddenly appeared on the dance floor and shot the victims.
All were brought for treatment to the nearest hospital where Telan was declared dead on arrival, according to the PNP. The assailant, who is still unidentified as of posting, was also declared dead on arrival at the hospital.
PNP chief Dionardo Carlos has ordered the local police to thoroughly investigate the incident and to determine the suspect’s identity.
“I am instructing the San Pablo Municipal Police Station to dig deeper into this violent incident as this involves village officials,” he said.
“The alleged culprit may have been dead but we want to find out the real motive of the crime to avoid similar violent acts from happening,” he added.
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