Motorcycle-riding gunmen kill bizman

POLICE cordon the area where a businessman was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants at Barangay 7, Bacolod City Friday. (Police Station 2 photo)

By: Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD City – Police are looking into business-related or personal as possible motives behind the killing of a businessman who was shot to death by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants at B.S. Aquino Drive, Barangay 7 here Friday, July 12.

Police Captain Leo Estopa, head of Police Station 2, identified the fatality as Ernest Baker, 67, of the said village, who ran an antique shop here.

Estopa said they are still reaching out to the family to talk about the victim’s background or activities which could help them in their investigation.

He also said that they are checking possible copy of a closed circuit television (CCTV) footage that could identify the perpetrators.

On Friday night, Baker just came from a Zumba dance studio when the assailants shot him.

Estopa said Baker fell on the ground but the gunmen, according to a witness, fired a gun at him again, and fled.

He was probably shot at close range which caused his death, Estopa said.

Baker suffered head injuries and later expired at a private hospital.

Recovered from the scene were fired bullets and a slug of .45 caliber ammunition.

Estopa said the gunmen who were wearing helmets waited for Baker outside the studio, as there was really intent to kill him.

We are trying to check with his family if he had previous threats, Estopa said.

The station commander said they could not yet give specific details about the case as investigation is ongoing.