Teacher kills colleague before committing suicide in Negros town
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – A public school teacher shot and killed a fellow teacher right before pupils and his colleagues at an elementary school on Monday morning before killing himself, in Pontevedra, Negros Occidental.
Senior Inspector Mary Rose Pico, Pontevedra police chief, identified the gunman as Harold Salas, 37, a teacher of the Trinidad Elementary School, and the victim as Jojit Gaudiel, 41, teacher-in-charge of the same school.
Armed with two .38-caliber revolvers, Salas approached Gaudiel, who was about to board his motorcycle, and pulled the trigger on him but the gun did not fire, Pico said.
She added that Salas also shot at a female teacher, who had shouted to Gaudiel to run but again, the gun did not fire.
Salas then ran after the fleeing Gaudiel and shot him on the head, Pico said. Salas then shot himself in the head and died on the spot, she said.
Gaudiel was brought to the Pablo O. Torre Medical Center in Bacolod City, where he succumbed to a gunshot wound in the head.
The teachers turned over the two .38 caliber revolvers they recovered from Salas to the responding policemen.
Pico said they also recovered four empty shells and six dud bullets.
The teachers and students of the school were in a state of shock over the murder-suicide, said Senior Inspector Mary Rose Pico, Pontevedra police chief.
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