Fil-Indian businessman survives ambush in Dagupan

Michelle Soriano, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 07 2018 01:01 PM

A Filipino-Indian businessman survived an attack by an unknown gunman in Dagupan City Tuesday night.

Dr. Ashok Vasandani-Fernandez was on his way home when the gunman fired at his vehicle several times. He was able to drive his car to his garage after the incident. He then called the police for help.

According to Police Superintendent Jandale Sulit, the gunman probably thought that the victim was at the passenger seat because most of the shots were fired at the right and rear portion of the car.

“May presence of mind din yung ating victim. Imbes na tumigil siya, nagdire-diretso na siya papunta sa bahay nila. Iginarahe na niya yung sasakyan niya so hindi na siya sinundan ng suspect at tumakbo na ito,” Sulit added.

The victim sustained a bullet wound to his abdomen but is now in stable condition. Police also found 8 slugs believed to be from a caliber .45 pistol from the crime scene.

Vasandani-Fernandez is a known philanthropist, an officer of several non-government organizations and a member of the City Peace and Order Advisory Council.

“Yung pamilya kung may threat man sila, doon tayo magsisimula ng investigation,” said Sulit.

In 2014, Vasandani-Fernandez’s nephew was gunned down in the same alley.