AN EARLY morning shooting shocked residents along Marcos Highway.
Samuel Lopez Mora, a native of Zambales but residing in Bakakeng Central, Baguio City, was shot by still unidentified gunmen around 7:20 a.m. Monday, December 9, along Km. 4, Marcos Highway, Baguio City.
Police investigation revealed that the victim was on board his vehicle heading toward Marcos Highway when shot several times by unidentified gunmen who were on board a motorcycle.
Mora was brought to the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) but was declared dead on arrival.
Probers have yet to establish the motive in the shooting. Hot pursuit operations are also ongoing.
The shooting incident happened after the Police Regional Office-Cordillera said that the crime volume in 2016 went down from 12,000 to 5,000 as of October 2019, with index crimes recording more than 8,000 incidents in 2016 as compared to 1,200 index crimes this 2019.
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) in the Cordillera, meanwhile, said that figures were not connected in any manner nor has a prior connection with PDEA upon validation and as per records on file at PDEA National Headquarters.
To date, there were already 387 shooting incidents recorded from 2016 to October this year, with 185 happening in the Province of Abra.
The shooting incident per month per province shows the province of Abra registering 1.61 shooting incidents per month for every 100,000 population, which translates to four incidents per month with a population of about 250,000.
Of the 387 shooting incidents, 200 of these were murder, 41 were homicide and 138 resulted in physical injuries, with the possible motives mostly personal and family feud at 103, heated argument at 121, possible gun for hire at 93, 35 were drug related incidents, 8 political, and the remaining due to various reasons.
Most of the victims were categorized as farmers at 103, government employees at 44, drivers at 34, jobless at 23, businessmen at 24.