Man shot dead, body set on fire PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 March 2013 10:53

A 46-year-old man was shot dead and his corpse was burned by four gunmen in Barangay La Paz, Zamboanga Sibugay last Monday before midnight.

The fatality was identified as Edgardo Padillos Dela Merced, 46, married. His brother-in-law Herminio Batucan Simosino, 46, a farmer, was shot in the leg and chest and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

A police report disclosed that Dela Merced and his wife were inside their house when four gunmen broke in and opened fire on him.

Upon hearing the gunshots, police said,  Simosino ran towards the house, however he was also shot by the  gunmen twice hitting his leg and chest.

Police said the gunmen ordered Edgardo’s wife to step outside the house, before they burned the body of Edgardo. Simosino was brought to the Alicia District Hospital for treatment.

Investigators recovered eight empty shells of cal. 30 and six spent shells of cal .45 caliber pistol.

Police were looking into personal dispute as the motive behind the atack. – Dan Toribio Jr.