AUTHORITIES are looking into the business angle as a motive in the shooting of a Korean national on Friday night.

The Korean was shot inside his Toyota Fortuner when he stopped for a red light in Kilometer 5, Diversion Road, Barangay Matina Pangi, Davao City.

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Davao City Police Office (DCPO) investigation showed that an unidentified armed man just wanted to threaten Sam Tae Lee, 53, project manager of CJ Toyota Tsusho Philippines Inc. based in Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.

"Parang tinakot lang ang victim ng mga suspects dahil kung intended talaga nilang patayin siya, siniseguro sana nilang marami ang tatama na bala sa victim," DCPO Director Rene Aspera said in an interview with Sun.Star SuperBalita.

Aspera added that the victim's company's project in Barangay Darong, Sta. Cruz might be connected to the crime.

"Baka may nagalit sa kanya sa lugar na kung saan ginagawa ang kanilang project," speculated Aspera who added that they are not setting aside the possibility that the suspect might just had gotten mad because of traffic.

"Tinitingnan din namin ang away-away sa trapiko pero hindi naman nagasgas ang sasakyan ng victim," added Aspera who ordered the Investigation Detection and Management Branch (IDMB) of DCPO to go to Sta. Ana and investigate Lee's murder.

Police Regional Office (PRO)-Davao Region Director Pedro Tango said that he already ordered his staff to investigate on the case.

"I was talking to the DCPO director and I ordered them to pursue the investigation to identify the suspects," Tango said.

The crime was condemned by businessmen especially those coming from CJTTPI and Anflo Management and Investment Corporation (Anflocor) through their paid advertisements in the local newspapers.

Based on the investigation conducted by the Talomo Police Station, Engr. Edwin Derla and three other Koreans were in the Toyota Fortuner with Lee.

The car was driven by Jesusito Mojares from Ulas going to Maa but stopped at Kilometer 5, Barangay Matina Pangi for a red light.

When the traffic light went green, an unidentified man riding a motorcycle suddenly shot Lee.

The victim was hit on his right shoulder and was immediately brought to Davao Doctors Hospital.

The authorities recovered an empty bullet shell of a .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.