Dyasam, Franz Dionne. Photo courtesy of http://season89.ncaa.org.ph/basketball/team/csjl
MANILA, Philippines – (5TH UPDATE) Letran point guard Franz Dysam and his girlfriend were rushed to a hospital after they were shot by motorcycle-riding gunmen after the Knights' NCAA Season 89 game against the Lyceum Pirates last Saturday.
Dysam's girlfriend, identified as Joan Sordan, died at the San Juan Medical Center due to gunshot wounds.
According to San Juan Police Chief Col. Bernard Tambaoan, Dysam and Sordan were on board a gray Nissan Sentra (plate number ZLA 176) and were attacked by the suspects at the corner of N. Domingo and Araneta Avenue in San Juan.
Sordan's son and two nephews were in the car with the couple, who were on their way to a victory party in Intramuros.
Using a .45 caliber gun, the two gunmen fired several times at the driver's side of the car, killing Sordan and leaving Dysam injured.
Dysam tried to shield Sordan from the gunmen and was able to bring her to a hospital, but she was hit in the stomach and was declared dead on arrival.
Five empty shells were recovered from the crime scene.
Police are checking footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) positioned near the shooting incident.
"Baka sakaling makuha natin 'yung plate number ng mga salarin," Tambaoan said.
Police are looking into a love triangle as a possible motive for the shooting, and they plan to investigate three of Sordan's former partners – a basketball player, a former policeman, as well as her ex-husband.
According to one of Dysam's friends, the player had been previously warned by the former policeman.
"Meron na rin kasing nangyari noong ano pa, tinutukan nga daw siya dati noon sa tuhod. Siguro binantaan na," said Dysam’s friend.
Police will also determine if the shooting is business related, as Sordan is known as a financier of casinos.
Dysam is being considered as a vital witness.
According to the police, he may undergo an operation on Monday to remove some bullets left inside his body.
Dysam is now confined at the University of Sto. Tomas Hospital, which is now tightly guarded by San Juan Police.
Police are also investigating Sordan's remains as well as her cellphone for possible evidence.
Members of the Letran squad earlier expressed concern over their teammate’s condition.
“Please pray for my teammate franz dysam and his wife,” tweeted Letran’s Kevin Racal.
“Prayer is very helpful! #PrayForFranzDysam,” tweeted teammate Kevin Louie Alas.
Before the game, the Knights defeated the Pirates, 61-53, at the San Juan Arena to remain unbeaten in the NCAA Season 89 men’s basketball tournament. -- With reports from Henry Atuelan and Dennis Datu, DZMM.