Thursday, September 16, 2010

2 killed in Mabalacat ambush

MABALACAT – A businessman and his relative were gunned down along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga here around 12 p.m. Sunday.
The victims, Leonardo “Boy Dagul” Licup, a quarry operator, of Green Meadows Subdivision here; and his uncle Dolly Licup of Porac town, were about to cross the national highway in front of the Golden Land Subdivision in said village on board a car when they were ambushed. 

Using a .45 caliber pistol, the gunman shot Leonardo first, who was driving the car, which then slammed into a tree across the road.
Superintendent Rolly Mendoza, town police chief, said the victims sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of their bodies.
The victim’s vehicle was peppered with bullets, two bullet holes on the window of the driver seat, one at the back glass and several on the back left window.
Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered some six spent shells at the portion where the suspect shot the victims.
The victims reportedly came from a building near the entrance of the said subdivision before the incident.
Sun.Star Pampanga learned that Leonardo is the owner of the said building and that he was inspecting the ongoing construction of one of his tenants before he and his uncle were attacked by the killer.
After shooting the victims, the gunman boarded a motorcycle without a license plate and headed to Barangay Mawaque, witnesses said.
But before the suspect fled, the gunman reportedly fired warning shots to prevent bystanders from mobbing them.
The gunman was described as thin, stands around 5-foot-10, 20 to 30 years old, and with short hair and fair complexion.
The accomplice on the other hand is about 20 to 25 years old, 5-foot-5 in height, chubby, with dark complexion and short hair.
Mendoza said they are conducting a hot pursuit and follow up operation to establish the identity of the suspects and the motive behind the killing.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 13, 2010.

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