BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The lone killer who shot a tricycle driver here last night on a busy major street just meters away from a police statuin could have used a suppressed gun chambered for .45 caliber, the initial police probe showed.
Captain Elmer Bonilla, who leads Police Station 1 probing the case, said the shooter of Joenel Pahilanga, 29, could have used a suppressor in shooting Pahilanga around 7:30pm yesterday along Rizal Street just outside a busy mall.
Bonilla said the private guards of SM City told probers they did not even heard a gunshot or gunshots during the shooting of Pahilanga who was sitting on his parked tricycle waiting for passengers when the killer got down from a motorcycle and shot him.
Bonilla added the victim was shot around 7:30pm when human and vehicular traffic was at its busiest.
He added the shooting was only around 300 meters away from Police Station 1 and was near the guard outpost of the mall.
Probers have also found out today less than 24 hours after the incident that Pahilanga, a resident of Kabugwason, a relocation site in Mansilingan village, had no criminal records under the Police Station.
Mansilingan is seven kilometers away from the incident where Pahilanga plies his tricycle.
“We have yet to identify the shooter and the motive and know deeper the background of Pahilanga,” Bonilla also said.