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Three killed, two injured

A bar-restaurant waiter was shot dead Friday at Osmeña Avenue in Brgy. 3, Victorias City.

Two unidentified gunmen shot and killed Owen Angelo Peña, a 28-year-old waiter, inside the bar and restaurant, and two customers, identified as Jose Pontino, 26, and Eric Canares, 31, were hit by bullets, police investigations showed.

Peña, who sustained a gunshot wound in the chest, was declared dead on arrival at the Ika-ayong Lawas Foundation Hospital in Victorias City, while Pontino and Canares are now recuperating from their gunshot wounds at the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital in Silay City.

Initial investigations by the Victorias police showed that Peña may have been mistaken for the target of the two gunmen, who fled on a motorcycle.

Three deformed slugs and six spent shells of a .45 caliber pistol were recovered from the crime scene by the Victorias policemen.

Two days after, a certain Elmer Dapitan also died on the spot, when he was hacked in the head, allegedly by Casimero Castillo in Hacienda Dos Hermanos, Brgy. Purisima, Manapla.

Inspector Julius Ceasar Colado, Manapla police officer-in-charge, yesterday said Dapitan succumbed to three hack wounds in the head.

Castillo immediately fled after the incident.

Farmer Ricardo Mateo Sr. was also waylaid and hacked dead allegedly by a certain Randy Cabriana, 22, in Sitio Minabuno, Brgy. Bantayanon, Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

Old grudges reportedly triggered the incident, and the suspect is nowhere to be found.

Records of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office showed that crimes against person in the province have gone up by 10 percent.*GPB

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