BACOLOD CITY – Of the five bullets fired at the running vehicle of Robert “Kaishek” L. Tan yesterday, 15 December, four hit their mark.
As the murder reached its first 24-hour cycle, probers here are slowly piecing together forensic evidences that could help them reconstruct the event based on pieces left at the scene.
Like the lone dud among five spent shells, possibly from a. 45 caliber pistol found on the street near the victim’s car, a grey Nissan Sentra sedan.
Or the five bullet holes on the driver side window.
And the lone bullet hole on the rear right passenger window of the car.
All these, as of now, indicate a “professional hit,” that those who ordered Tan killed “really wanted him dead.”
The bullet holes, for example, showed there was a “grouping of shots.”
In shooter’s lingo, the grouping indicates the accuracy of the weapon or the skill of the shooter.
The placement of the shots are measured in what is called as MOA or minute of angle.
Simply put, the closer the shots, the more accurate the weapon or the more skilled the shooter.
The shots fired at the window of Kaishek Tan indicated that the shooter was skilled, considering the fact that he might have been shooting one-handed at a moving vehicle and he himself was riding on the back of a moving one, Pico said.
The dud also tells a story.
What happened was the shooter heard the click of the firing pin on a bullet that did not explode, racked (or more known as chambered) his or her firearm to clear the dud and kept on firing.
All while balancing himself or herself on the back of a motorcycle.
And the lone bullet hole at the back?
“It is possible there was a third killer who waited by the roadside,” Pico said.
A skilled shooter, a gunman who could shoot under pressure, superior force.
All these, Pico said, tend to indicate the hit on Tan was meticulously planned, the surveillance top notch, all done by professionals.
“They wanted him dead and they did it but we will not stop until we get them,” Pico said.