A DRUG personality in Bacolod City was shot to death by unidentified assailants in Purok Kabugwason, Barangay Mansilingan, in the city Friday evening, May 21, 2021.

Police identified the fatality as Audie Gonzaga, 38, of Barangay Mansilingan.

Police Captain Elmer Bonilla, chief of Police Station 7, said the victim was walking along Purok Kabugwason when two unidentified suspects on board a motorcycle fired at him several times around 7:30 p.m.

The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds. He was brought to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, but he did not survive.

The suspects fled towards Barangay Handumanan.

Police recovered from the scene of the crime seven empty shells of a .45 caliber revolver.

The victim was a former detainee for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Police Lieutenant Eduard Bolivar, head of the City Drug Enforcement Unit, said in a radio interview that Gonzaga was included in the city’s drug watchlist. He was under surveillance for almost a month after they were informed that Gonzaga was selling illegal drugs in the city.

He said they were surprised when they learned that Gonzaga was killed in Barangay Mansilingan, adding that they are also planning to conduct a drug bust operation against him.

The police are eyeing personal grudge or illegal drugs as possible motives in the killing of the victim.

Police Station 7 is still conducting a thorough investigation to identify and arrest the suspects.