Motorcycle-riding gunan shot 2 men

By Juan Escandor Jr. PASACAO, Camarines Sur --- A gunman, riding in tandem at the back of a motorcycle, shot dead a security guard and a pedicab driver at past 9:00 p.m. Monday, March 5, in Barangay Sta. Rosa Del Norte of this town, along the national highway going to Naga City, the police said Tuesday. Police Senior Inspector Ryan Bagasala, the town’s police chief who led the investigation, said they arrived at the crime scene five minutes after the shooting with the victims’ bodies still in their original positions after being gunned down. Bagasala said a witness to the shooting incident, a co-worker of the first victim in a security agency, saw the gunman aimed the gun at Reynaldo Tormes, a security guard of Camarines Sur Institute of Fisheries and Marine Sciences (CASIFMAS). Bagasala said Tormes, married, suffered gunshot wounds in the chest and side of the torso. The victim was riding his bicycle when the gunman aimed at him near the gate of the school. He said both the gunman, who wore a face mask, and the driver wearing full helmet, remain unidentified as of Tuesday. Bagasala said the gunman and his driving companion proceeded to shoot another victim, identified as Roy Cericos, married and pedicab driver from the neighboring barangay of Balogo. The second victim was shot while driving his pedicab, several meters away from where the first victim, Tormes, was earlier shot. Bagasala said Cericos suffered fatal shots in the neck and chest. Both victims were immobile and bloody when the medics arrived. They were later declared dead on arrival at the hospital. The police chief said they are following up personal motive in the killing of Tormes based on information that he had personal conflict with somebody he worked with. Bagasala, however, said they could not yet find a lead why Tormes and Cericos were shot in succession on the same day. But one of the police investigators, who declined to be named because he is not authorized to talk, said he suspects a case of mistaken identity in the death of Cericos.