MANILA, Philippines - Two persons were killed when gunmen opened fire and threw a grenade at a party in Bocaue, Bulacan Sunday evening.
The three suspects first shot dead Raymond Samson who opened the gate, before shooting at the other victims around 8 p.m.
The owner of the newly-built house, Mario Mendoza, died at the hospital.
Mendoza and some of his friends were partying at their newly-built house when the suspects knocked on their gate.
The suspects lobbed a grenade at the victims to cover their escape.
Valeriano Nicolas survived the incident. He was among the guests at the party.
“Bigla na lang may pumasok, pinaputukan kaagad kami. Di ko kilala yun,” he said.
Mendoza’s six-year-old son also witnessed the incident. He escaped unscathed after hiding inside the house when the armed men arrived.
“Pinutukan po kami, kinoberan po ako ng kumpare ng daddy ko. Naka helmet at naka-bonnet yung nakita ko,” the boy said.
Aside from Nicolas, three other men identified as Raul Samonte, Ronaldo dela Cruz and Alberto Alberto were also wounded in the attack.
Mendoza’s mother believes that the suspects were really after her son.
“May kinidnap na bata, dalawang buwan na, nanghihingi ng ransom, e wala na kaming pera,” Cita Mendoza said.
The family is now coordinating with the police for the possible arrest of the suspects who are also tagged in the alleged kidnapping of one of their relatives.
Meanwhile, authorities are also eyeing drugs in the incident after a sachet of suspected shabu was recovered from one of the victims. Report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News