A TRAFFIC enforcer was shot while monitoring the traffic situation in a busy public market in Cagayan de Oro City, Friday night, December 30, 2016.

Cris Cabingas, a Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) officer, was walking along Guillermo Street in Cogon public market when an unidentified gunman shot him from behind three times around 6 p.m.

RTA chief, lawyer Jose Edgardo Uy, said Cabingas was brought to the nearest hospital but died early Saturday morning, December 31.

Mayor Oscar Moreno has asked authorities to investigate the shooting and urged law enforcers to identify the killer so he can be tried and brought to justice.

Cabingas is the RTA team leader for the Cogon Market area, one of the most congested locations in the city.

Uy said Cabingas' killing could be due to his work as a traffic enforcer.

A statement released by the RTA condemned the killing.

"The surreptitious and barbaric shooting of Mr. Cabingas, a criminal act for which the perpetrator must be brought before the bar of justice, has no place in a civilized society like Cagayan de Oro City, and should be strongly condemned not only by the men and women of the RTA but by the entire populace as well," RTA said.