Police nab suspect in Quezon City shooting spree

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

POLICE authorities on Tuesday evening arrested a man allegedly involved in the shooting spree, which killed four people in Quezon City last Sunday.

Quezon City Police District - Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) Chief Rodel Marcelo said Alsaid Mindelano, 28, was arrested together with five other male individuals in an abandoned residential area at Fairmont subdivision in Fairview, Quezon City.

Marcelo said Mindelano was identified as one of the alleged spree killers.

Police said Mindelano's five friends were arrested after they tried to escape from the authorities during the raid.

Seized from the police operation were assorted firearms, a grenade and a motorcycle believed to be the vehicle used by the shooting spree suspects.

"May nakita pang kopya ng isang news article sa bulsa ni Mindelano na tungkol sa isang pinugutan ng ulo. Palaisipan pa ito sa pulisya," QCPD Director Richard Albano said in a media briefing.

The six arrested individuals were brought to Camp Karingal while the QCPD is conducting follow-up operations to arrest the alleged gunman.

On May 11, two unidentified men, on-board a motorcycle shot and killed four individuals identified as Rodelio Dela Cruz, Alodia Grace Go, Gilmer Gabronino and Angeli Augis along North Fairview in Quezon City.

The first victim, Dela Cruz, was shot dead while riding a motorcycle on Barangay North Fairview while Go, the second victim, was gunned down near Bronx street.

The third and the fourth victims, Gabronino and Augis, were shot dead approximately 50 meters away from Go.

Police investigation revealed that the gun used for drive-by shooting spree was a 9-millimeter pistol.

Earlier Tuesday, QCPD spokesperson Superintendent Maricar Taqueban said the QCPD-CIDU was in hot pursuit of the motorcycle-riding suspects.

She said the suspects were identified through several witnesses and CCTV footages taken the scenes of the crime.

Taqueban said the shooting spree, which killed four people, was not related to the similar shooting incident, which occurred an hour later in Commonwealth Avenue in Fairview and another incident in Tandang Sora Avenue, both in Quezon City.

Around 2:30 a.m. of Sunday, a scavenger was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Quezon City, but investigation showed that the firearm used in the crime was .45 caliber pistol.

Two more unidentified persons were shot dead along Commonwealth Avenue near Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City, past noon of May 12, police said.

"'Yung huling tatlo iba malayo 'yun dun sa naunang apat na pamamaril, hindi sila connected, hindi rin iisa ang suspect as per our investigation," Taqueban said.

The motive of the killing of the seven individuals is still unknown.

Superintendent Dennis De Leon, station commander of North Fairview Police Station, said Chief Inspector Ramon Cabili, head of North Fairview Police Community Precinct, was temporarily relieved from post while investigation into the case is ongoing.

Meanwhile, in a press briefing, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista expressed dismay and frustration over the series of shooting incidents in his city.

Bautista appealed to the leadership on the Philippine National Police (PNP) to revamp the QCPD and to replace its members who are "incompetent for their jobs."

PNP-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Director Benjamin Magalong, in an interview, said they do not see any fault from the police forces.

"Hindi naman lahat ng nangyayare ay kasalanan ng pulis," he said. (Sunnex)

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