GENSAN BARANGAY CHAIR GUNNED DOWN
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- An incumbent barangay chair here was gunned down by an unidentified motorcycle-riding suspect near the city's main transport terminal Thursday night.
City police director, Col. Raul Supiter, said Friday that Barangay Dadiangas North chairman Arman Mejia, 46, was on his way home on board a motorcycle at 11:33 p.m. when he was waylaid by a lone gunman. He said the victim just came from a routine security patrol along with the barangay peacekeeping team when the attack happened.
Citing accounts from witnesses, Supiter said the victim was traversing a portion of Bulaong Ave. in Dadiangas North when the suspect, who was on board a yellow motorcycle, shot him several times. He said the suspect then stopped and pumped more bullets into the victim, who was already sprawled on the pavement.
The area was near the main entrance of the city terminal and just several meters from the victim's home on North Osmeña St. "It appeared that the suspect had been following the victim's movements prior to the attack," Supiter said in an interview over radio station dxMD.
The police official said Mejia died instantly due to multiple gunshot wounds on the head and body. Personnel of the city police's scene of the crime operations unit recovered at the scene at least five spent shells from a still undetermined handgun, he said. Supiter said investigators are looking at several angles, among them the victim's work as barangay chairman, as possible motive.
Mejia, who was also a businessman, was on his first term as chair of Barangay Dadiangas North. Supiter said they have activated a special task force to spearhead the investigation of the incident.
The official said they are also trying to establish the identity of the suspect through the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras of several establishments near the crime scene.
The suspect, who reportedly did not cover his face, might have stayed for some time in one of the nearby establishments prior to the ambush.
"Our investigators are doing some enhancements on the CCTV footage. Hopefully, we will have good results," Supiter added.