Gift giver, not thief, says would-be shooting victim PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 04 November 2011 16:41

Crisanto Carpio, 50, who was erroneously mentioned in a front page news item in yesterday’s issue as an alleged thief who was chased and shot at by a businessman at Cabato Drive, Canelar, called Daily Zamboanga Times yesterday to clarify that he is not a thief and that he went to the Dela Cruz residence to bring a gift for the son of a former office mate.

Carpio, an Australian citizen, was bringing the gift for the child when the latter’s father, Gil Dela Cruz,  shot him for unknown reason. The bullet however hit a seven-year-old boy walking along the road.

A police flash report erroneously stated that Carpio stole a gift from Dela Cruz’ son.

Carpio said he arrived from Australia last Wednesday and went to Dela Cruz’ residence at Cabato Drive to deliver a gift for his (Dela Cruz’) son.
He said that he and Dela Cruz’ wife were former office mates at a government office.

Carpio said he was aboard a tricycle when he spotted Dela Cruz outside their house signalling him to come inside.

Carpio said he told Dela Cruz he has no plan to stay long and asked the tricycle driver to bring the gift to Dela Cruz. However, Dela Cruz insisted that he come down from the tricycle which he did.

Carpio said that just after making three or four steps forward from the tricycle, he saw Dela Cruz pulled a pistol from his waist and aimed it at him.

Carpio recalled that while he was running away, he heard five gunshots. One of the bullets hit Glen Alen Esperat, who was in the area during the incident.
Carpio was puzzled why Dela Cruz shot him.

He said Dela Cruz’ wife was his former officemate and her son Miggy was close to him.

Carpio quoted Dela Cruz to have said that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

Carpio went home here to fetch his mother and both of them are scheduled to fly to Austalia today. — Dan Toribio Jr.