MANILA (2ND UPDATE) - Six suspects in the recent shooting spree in Fairview, Quezon City were arrested Tuesday, police said.
Operatives of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), and QCPD Station 5 raided the hideout of the suspects in Fairmont Subdivision, armed with a warrant of arrest issued by Quezon City RTC Branch 87 Judge Aurora Hernandez
The suspects were identified as Alsaid Mindelano, 28, of Sta. Maria Street Brgy. Holy Spirit, Quezon City, the alleged driver of the red motorcycle used in the killings on Sunday; Cesar Ate, 45, of 11 A Banning St., Fairmont Subdivision; Anmad Madcadato, 18; Bochary Mindelano, 32; Manzontawar Monib, 31, of the Darusalam Compound; and a 16-year-old minor.
The suspects tried to escape, but authorities had the area, including streets, covered.
Recovered from the suspects' hideout were several guns, bullets, grenades, and motorcycles, some of which believed to have been used in crimes.
Police operatives were also surprised to see an improvised firing range inside the compound where they were rounded up, enclosed by concrete hollow blocks.
The arrested suspects denied involvement in the shooting spree last Sunday that left 7 people dead.
They were brought to Camp Karingal for interrogation.
Police said they are also investigating if the same group is behind the killings of several policemen in Quezon City.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Richard Albano earlier ordered the creation of Task Force Fairview, responsible for the conduct of the raid which resulted to the arrest of the suspects.
He had tasked QCPD Deputy District Director for Operations, Senior Superintendent Procopio Lipana, as Task Force Commander, assisted by Senior Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, Chief of the District Directional Staff, as Deputy Task Force Commander.
Despite the arrests, the situation in Fairview is far from normal as residents are still on edge and afraid to stay in public places.
Even businesses are starting to feel the pinch.
Residents said what frightens them even more is that the shootings seem to be random.
Mayor Herbert Bautista, meanwhile, urged business establishments to install closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
He also expressed dismay at the seemingly poor performance of the QCPD.
He said he wants night checkpoints set up to give residents a sense of order and security.
Meanwhile, QCPD director Chief Supt. Richard Albano has ordered the removal of Chief Insp. Ramon Cabili, commander of the North Fairview police community precinct that has jurisdiction of the area where the shooting spree occurred.
Cabili could also face administrative charges for neglect of duty. -- Reports from Doland Castro and Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News