AN ENGINEER was gunned down by unknown assailants in Barangay Paknaan, Mandaue City, while he was driving his vehicle Monday morning, January 22.
The victim was identified as Roel “Roy” Perales, 57, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Compostela.
The assailants, who were riding a motorcycle, reportedly appeared when Perales reached in front of a barangay tanod outpost at 9:30 a.m.
The culprits shot the victim several times and took his bag away.
Chief Inspector Michaelangelo Beltran, chief of Mandaue City Police Station 3, said Perales was driving his silver Nissan Navara with plate number ABM-5670 to visit a warehouse in Zone Sikwa, where he has a project.
When he was about to take the road leading to the warehouse, two men on the motorcycle arrived.
The left windshield of the car was first shot by one of the assailants, who alighted from the motorcycle.
“Gipusil ang windshield, gi-open ang door, gipusil balik, gikuha ang bag ug dayong nisibat (The gunman fired at the windshield, opened the car door on the left side, shot the him a couple of times and got the victim’s bag)," Beltran said.
The bag contained Perales’ licensed gun, wallet, identification cards, and ATM cards.
Authorities recovered eight empty shells of .45 pistol, and some brown envelopes in the crime scene.
The assailants, who were reportedly seen wearing black jackets, sped off away from Paknaan using a black motorcycle after committing the crime.
In a separate interview, Lilibeth Perales, wife of the victim, said her husband had arguments with his colleagues before.
According to Beltran, robbery or personal grudge could be the possible motive of the incident.
He said they will request video footages of the establishments with closed-circuit television cameras near the crime scene to identify the gunman and his cohort. (FMG/Andy Nichol Borbon, USC Intern/SunStar Cebu)