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CIDG probes QC shooting spree

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CIDG probes QC shooting spree

Posted by Online on May 14th, 2014 // No Comment

Manila, Philippines – The national police’s top investigating agency has stepped into the alleged thrill killing incidents in Quezon City wherein motorcycle-riding men shot dead five people at random early morning of Sunday.

Police Director Benjamin Magalong, head of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), said he had already sent a team composed of six veteran investigators to help in the conduct of the probe.

“We are very much engaged. We have very good leads now,” said Magalong in an interview. He said his team is now working with the investigators of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) to expedite both the determination of the motive and in tracking down the suspects.

The CIDG’s move came as two more persons – a 30-year-old vendor and a 43-year-old jobless woman – were shot dead Monday night by unidentified gunmen in separate places, bringing to seven the total number of people killed in a spate of shooting incidents in QC since Sunday.

Reports reaching the Quezon City Police District-Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) headquarters identified the victims as Sultecio Roco, of Block 6-6, Lot-37, Matang Araw St., Golden Shower, Payatas, Quezon City; and Marisa Sudario, a widow, of No. 18 Matias St., Barangay Paltok, Quezon City.

Police said Roco, his wife Rosie and two neighbors were playing “tong-its” (card game) in front of the victim’s house at about 10:30 p.m. when four gunmen suddenly appeared and shot him at close range, killing him on the spot.

Witnesses said the suspects fled on foot after the incident.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) recovered from scene three cartridges and bullets fired from .45-caliber pistol, which were submitted to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory for ballistic examinations.

Roco’s killing came five hours after Sudario was shot dead in Barangay Paltok.

Police said Sudario was playing “majong” together with her neighbors inside her house when an unidentified armed man wearing a helmet entered the gate and peppered her with bullets.

After seeing the victim fall to the ground, the gunman hurriedly boarded a motorcycle and sped off.

The victim was declared dead on arrival at the Quezon City General Hospital.

On Sunday, five people picked at random on a street in Fairview, Quezon City, were shot to death, with witnesses saying the gunmen were on board a motorcycle.

Magalong said they are still waiting for the official report of the Crime Laboratory to determine if a single handgun was used in all the five victims.

Meanwhile, Senior Inspector Maricar Taqueban, Quezon City Police District (QCPD)spokesperson, said police are now hunting down at least two suspects in last Sunday’s shooting incidents.

She added that operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) under Chief Inspector Rodelio Bugay Marcelo have already leads that may solve the killings. (Aaron Recuenco, Francis Wakefield with Ephriam P. Bie and Jerome Delos Santos/trainees)




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