MANILA – The chief of Quezon City Police District (QCPD) on Monday said investigators are looking into the connection between the shooting spree in the city on Sunday and the police's recent operations against illegal drugs.
Speaking to dzMM, QCPD director Chief Superintendent Richard Albano said there is a possibility that the motorcycle-riding gunmen who were tagged in the killing of 4 of the 7 people were high on drugs.
Albano said investigators are now working on a lead to track the down the perpetrators behind the shooting spree, but he refused to reveal the details of the progress in the investigation.
Nonetheless, he said there could be a link between the shooting spree and the police's recent crackdown against illegal drug operations in the city.
''Mayroon tayong mga operations lately, kung titignan mo, iyung circumstantial [evidence]. Pwedeng ito ay nagwawala, dahil nasaktan ng operations ng nakakaraan kung saan mayroong sunod-sunod na nakulong, nahuli. Hindi ko lang mabanggit ang iba,'' Albano said.
Police said the first victim was a certain Rodelio dela Cruz, who was shot by a motorcycle-riding suspect in front of a store selling car accessories and beside an apartelle in Commonwealth Avenue in North Fairview.
A few minutes later, a woman identified as Alodia Grace Go was shot in the corner of Regalado Avenue and Bronx Street.
Two more victims – Jelmer Gabronino and Angelee Augit Soliva – were shot in a nearby mirror shop.
According to Soliva and Gabronino’s relatives, the two were tasked to buy medicine but did not return to their homes, leading their kin to search for them.
Slugs of a .9-mm caliber gun were recovered from the four victims, bolstering the claim the the same suspects were behind the deaths.
The fifth victim, a still-unidentified garbage collector, was found dead along the southbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue, near Pearl Drive.
Albano said a caliber .45-mm pistol was used in the killing the scavenger, but investigators are not discounting the possibility that the same suspects in the first four shooting incidents were behind this.
Shortly after noon yesterday, police also reported that two unidentified persons were shot dead along Commonwealth Avenue near Tandang Sora Avenue, raising the death toll in Sunday's attacks to 7.
Albano said investigators have yet to establish a connection between the Fairview and Tandang Sora shootings.
Alarmed over the spike in shooting incidents, the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) called on the imposition of curfew along Commonwealth Avenue.