A construction worker was shot dead while driving his motorcycle from a post-Halloween disco party in Inabanga in the wee hours of Saturday.
The fatality, identified as Norman Malvas, 30, of Inabanga died on the spot after he was shot in the head along a national highway in Barangay Cambitoon at past 1 a.m., said Senior Master Sgt. Edelberto Sentinales of the Inabanga Police Station.
Malvas’ passenger, Albert Masin who was left unscathed during the attack identified the gunman as Gary Purien, also a resident of Inabanga.
According to Sentinales, Purien was arrested just an hour after the fatal shooting.
Purien surrendered to a barangay official in his village before he was picked up by the police.
“Ming coordinate iyang ugangan na naa ra siya duol sa iyang balay mao tong gi-adtoan sa operatives nato sa Inabanga,” said Sentinales.
Authorities also recovered a .45 caliber pistol believed to have been used in killing Malvas. The pistol was found near the crime scene where Purien reportedly hid it.
“Gipada pa sa crime lab aron mahibaw-an kung mao ba g’yud to ang armas,” he added.
Police noted that personal conflict may have been the cause behind the fatal gun attack but they have yet to determine the actual cause behind the rift between the victim and suspect. (A. Doydora)