Gunmen ‘accidentally’ shot companion after firing at villagers

SAMAR. Dead gunman Zosimo Casaljay (Photo courtesy of Marie Tonette Grace Marticio)

A GROUP of armed men “accidentally” shot their companion after storming on a village and spraying bullets on the residents of San Antonio, Gandara, Samar on April 12.

Authorities identified the dead gunman as Zosimo Casaljay, who has a standing warrant of arrest for the crime of murder at the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 41 in Gandara.

Witnesses said the armed men left Casaljay in the area after hitting him on the head.

Village councilor Mylene Cabagtong said the gunmen suddenly appeared in their area around 4 p.m. and started shooting the houses of their village chieftain Ramon Corocoto Sr., fellow village councilor Emilda Calagos, Maria Cailo, and Arjay Cailo.

The victims managed to hide when the armed men attacked them using long and short firearms.

Gandara Police led by Police Captain Joselito Tabada recovered from the crime scene 15 pieces Federal Cartridge Corporation (FCC) of 5.56mm, one piece FCC of 7.62mm, one deformed slug of 7.62mm, three pieces FCC of caliber 45, three pieces FCC of Caliber 9mm and one live ammunition of caliber 9mm.

The witnesses also reported the identities of the alleged gunmen to the authorities.

Police are conducting hot pursuit operations for the arrest of the suspects.


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