The primary witness in the fatal shooting of businessman Ronald Bacolod in Ubay on October 30 was also shot dead on Thursday night possibly by the same assailants of the first victim.
According to Ubay Police Station commander Chief Insp. Roland Lavisto, victim Alfie Autor, 29, was gunned down behind his house in Purok 2, Barangay Hambabauran in the said town.
Autor was reportedly shot three times while he was eating with his family by a lone gunman who, according to police, did not bother to cover his face.
However, Lavisto did not publicly identify the suspect while he noted that they are still determining whether the same type of pistol was used to kill Bacolod and Autor.
In the evening of October 6, Bacolod was attacked by men who rode in tandem shooting him six times outside his house.
According to Lavisto, it was the motorcycle passenger who shot Bacolod dead while it was the driver during the first incident who was tagged as Autor’s killer.
Prior to his death, Autor who worked as a driver for Bacolod issued a sworn statement identifying the suspects in the killing of his employer.
Autor had also told police that he sensed that he was being followed by suspicious personalities after Bacolod’s murder.
However, Autor refused police assistance, said Lavisto.
Earlier, Ubay police investigator PO2 Emar Tecson said that they started to consider the fatal shooting of Bacolod as a “crime of passion.”
He noted that Bacolod, son of town councilor Bebot Bacolod, may have been involved in a “love triangle.”
However, the police officer did not divulge further information on the younger Bacolod’s purported involvement in a love triangle as a deep probe into the case continued. (Rey Tutas)