COTABATO SHOOTING. Police respond to Tuesday’s (April 9) drive-by shooting incident in Sitio Almonte Extension, Barangay Poblacion 4, Cotabato City, which resulted to the deaths of two victims and wounding of two others. (Photo courtesy of Daemon Lauban – Brigada Cotabato News FM)
COTABATO CITY -- Two persons died while two others were hurt in a broad daylight shooting incident in Barangay Poblacion 4 here on Tuesday, a police official said.
Col. Michael Lebanan, city police director, said police visibility has been heightened following the shooting incident that was preceded by a grenade-throwing incident in another part of the town the day before.
“We urge the public to help us secure our city against lawless elements as security is everybody’s concern,” Lebanan said.
About 11:20 a.m. Tuesday, armed men aboard a black Toyota Fortuner vehicle opened fire at four persons in a drive-by shooting along Sitio Almonte Extension, Barangay Poblacion 4.
Police identified the victims as Aminudin Radzak Musa, Nasrudin Nanao, Doring Dadza Alamansa, and Joharli Samo, who were all rushed to the Cotabato Regional and Medical Center following the incident.
Musa was declared dead upon arrival by attending doctors, while Nanao died hours after while undergoing treatment. The two others, Alamanza and Samo, remain under close observation at the hospital.
“We have a lead on the perpetrators and I am assuring the public that the full force of the law will fall upon the culprits,” Lebanan said.
Police said they are looking into personal grudge as a possible motive behind the attack with Musa as the principal target.
Recovered at the crime scene were empty shells from .45-caliber and 9-mm pistols.
Meanwhile, a manhunt is ongoing against motorcycle riding-in-tandem individuals who injured two persons in a grenade and shooting incident on Monday night at Barangay Rosary Heights 10 here. (PNA)