A woman was killed in what was believed to have been a botched assassination attempt on her brother during a daylight gun attack in Clarin town on Wednesday.
Analyn Umbahin, 29, died on the spot after she was shot twice in her back and twice in her head while her brother Mark Umbahin, who was the suspects’ target, was shot once in the chest but was able to escape, said Senior Master Sgt. Marlon Pepito of the Clarin Police Station.
Mark was driving a motorcycle with Analyn as his passenger when they were shot by one of the two suspects along a barangay road in the village of Bogtongbod in Clarin at past 11 am. Both victims crashed but Mark was still able to flee even after sustaining a gunshot wound in his chest.
Analyn however was left behind.
“Si Mark Jason may target una, gitirahan siya og una unya na-igo sa dughan. Natumba ang motor…pagtumba, dretso dagan si Mark Jason, nakatago man siya didto sa unahan, naay mga balay-balay. Gitirahan pa siya pero wa man maigo, maong ang gipanghimungtan kadto ng nahibilin didto si [Analyn],” said Pepito.
According to Pepito, the suspects’ were caught on closed-circuit television cameras mounted in various areas in Sagbayan as they trailed the Umbahins who were buying construction materials in the town prior to the attack.
Pepito said that the suspects covered their faces with a motorcycle helmet and a cloth during the attack but their faces were uncovered when they were trailing the victims.
The CCTV footage however still requires enhancement.
“Kung mahimo amo tong makuha didto ang [CCTV footage] kay mao na among ipada sa cybercrime,” said Pepito.
Police were still looking into several possible motives behind the attack but Pepito said only Mark who was in stable condition but was still being treated for his injury can give clear details on who the suspects were and why they were after him.
According to Pepito, “old intel” indicated that Mark used to be involved in illegal drug activities but they have yet to determine if this was ongoing.
Mark’s father also claimed that his son had ended his involvement in the illegal drug trade long before the attack. (A. Doydora)