Witness in 5-year-old girl's shooting surfaces


Posted at Aug 29 2016 01:37 PM

A witness in the killing of 5-year-old Danica Garcia, who was hit by a stray bullet when an unidentified gunman fired shots at her grandfather. Joanna Tacason, ABS-CBN News

DAGUPAN – A witness in the fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl in an apparent drug-related assassination has surfaced.

Dagupan City Police said through the witness, a case has been filed against the suspect in the killing of Danica May Garcia on August 23.

Garcia was hit in the head by a stray bullet as men aboard a motorcycle fired at her 52-year old grandfather while the family was having lunch in their home in Brgy. Mayombo, Dagupan City.

Danica was taking a bath in a makeshift bathroom when the stray bullet hit her.

Dagupan City Police’s initial investigation revealed that the grandfather’s alleged involvement in the drug trade might be the motive behind the shooting.

He had earlier surrendered to authorities after learning from barangay officials that his name was included in the drugs watch list of the Barangay Anti-Drug Abuse Council (BADAC).

The Garcia family firmly denied the grandfather’s alleged drug activities. His wife said they only convinced him to surrender in order to clear his name.

Gemma questioned his husband’s inclusion in the BADAC Drugs Watch List. She said her husband, who was partially paralyzed due to mild stroke, stayed at home most of the time. – report from Joanna Tacason, ABS-CBN News