Shooting incidents leave 1 dead, 2 hurt; Man drowns in Mandaue

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Friday, December 27, 2013


ONE died while two others were injured in three separate shooting incidents in Cebu City on Christmas Day.

In Mandaue City, a man drowned just minutes after having a drinking binge with friends on Christmas Eve.

Last Wednesday night, a man was wounded after he was shot by armed men in Alaska, Barangay Mambaling in Cebu City.

Israel Fortaleza del Rosario, 29, sustained gunshot wounds on the different parts of his body.

His wife, Melody, said that he was walking outside their house when two armed men followed him.

When he reached an alley, Israel was cornered by the assailants and was shot in his left shoulder and back. Israel was rushed to the hospital.

At 2 a.m. yesterday, an unidentified man with several gunshot wounds was found dead in front of Miller Hospital in Barangay Pahina, San Nicolas, Cebu City.

The victim, who remains unidentified, was wearing a striped T-shirt and cargo pants.

He was in his 30s and was described to be mestizo-looking.

Based on the initial investigation of the Cebu City Police Office’s Homicide Section, the victim was relieving himself on the sidewalk when two men on board a motorcycle stopped and shot him on the different parts of his body.

After the shooting, the assailants reportedly fled toward Carlock St. Six empty shells were found at the crime scene.

Thirty minutes later, another man was shot in Barangay Inayawan, Cebu City.

Francis Guinitan, 39, was wounded on his feet after he was shot by an unidentified man.

The Homicide Section is conducting further investigation on the shooting incidents.

SPO1 Ruth Violango of the Homicide Section said they will look for more witnesses who can help identify the suspects.

On the drowning incident in Mandaue, Richard Lapas, 37, reportedly fell off a wooden bridge while walking on his way home in Sitio Paradise, Barangay Looc at 10 p.m. last Dec. 24.

His body was found at 8 a.m. yesterday floating near a neighbor’s house in Looc, a coastal barangay.

SPO1 Dionesio dela Peña of the Opao Police Station said a 14-year-old girl who walked past Lapas saw him fall from the bridge.

“The child thought he would just get out of the water,” the police officer said in Bisaya.

A day later, Liezel Soson, 24, saw Lapas floating under her house. She immediately reported the incident to her neighbor and police.

Dela Peña said the family believes that Lapas drowned. The police suggested to the family to have the body undergo an autopsy to rule out foul play.

“They believe it was an accident,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 27, 2013.

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