17-year-old boy hurt in Abra shooting

A MINOR was hurt in a shooting incident by a motorcycle riding men in municipality of Lagayan, Abra on Monday morning, June 26.

The 17–year–old Patrick (name withheld) was hurt after suspects Benjie Vista and Edgar Salingbay, together with an unidentified gunman, fired the victim’s dump truck driven by another minor, identified as Brix (name withheld). The two minors were accompanied by Marlito Malayan, 22, and Ponciano Isao, 23.

According to the report, the incident happened at 11:40 a.m. while the victims were transporting stones to Pulot, Lagayan when the armed suspects appeared beside the road along Sitio Kulibangbang, Barangay Poblacion, Lagayan and fired multiple gunshots.

Patrick sustained gunshot wound on his left thigh and was later brought to Abra Provincial Hospital for medical treatment.

Police conducted a hot pursuit operation for the possible arrest of the suspects but yielded negative result while authorities recovered one spent shell and slug for caliber .45 from the crime scene.

The motive of the suspects remains unknown to investigators as of press time.

In Baguio City, a 28-year old construction worker died after he was allegedly mauled by still unidentified suspects in front of a night establishment along Naguilian road, Saturday.

The fatality was identified as Michael Bruan Abrigo, 28, married, construction worker, and a resident of Barangay Kaylaway, Nasugbo, Batangas.

Initial police investigation showed the victim and his companions came out from a night spot then met a group of male persons who provoked them to a fistfight that resulted to a commotion.

After a few moments, the victim was found by his companions sprawled on the other side of the road that prompted them to rush him to the Pines City Doctors Hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead several hours while being provided the necessary medical attention.

The suspects are now the subject of a manhunt operation by responding police operatives. (SunStar Baguio)
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