Ex-barangay kagawad, university professor killed in Dagupan City shooting

Police crime scene

DAGUPAN CITY – A former barangay kagawad and a professor of the University of Luzon were killed while a third victim was hospitalized in a shooting incident that took place August 23, 2018 at 9:15 PM in Tapuac District, Dagupan City, Pangasinan, according to a report from the Philippine National Police Region 1 Office.

Police Superintendent Jandale I Sulit, Chief of Police, Dagupan City Police Station, identified the victims as Johnny Velasco Baniqued, 47 years old, married, businessman, former Brgy. Kagawad; Oscar Fernandez, of legal age, married, Professor at University of Luzon; and Peter Zabala Ramos y, 44 years old, married. All of the victims were resident of Rivera St., Brgy IV, Dagupan City.

Based on the police investigation, the victims are about to board their service vehicle Mitsubishi Montero (plate number NJ 4307) outside the De Luxe Restaurant, Tapuac District, Dagupan City where they had dinner when unidentified male suspects fired upon them then fled on foot to unknown direction after the incident.

Baniqued and Fernandez sustained multiple gunshot wounds on different parts of their body and were rushed in Nazareth General Hospital but both were pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physicians; while Ramos, who sustained four gunshot wounds on his back, was rushed to the Trauma Specialist Group of Hospital to undergo medical treatment.

The SOCO Team recovered sixteen (16) pieces of fired cartridges of cal.45, five (5) deformed fired bullets, one (1) live ammo cal.45 and two (2) fragmented fired bullets.

Police Chief Superintendent Romulo E Sapitula, PRO1 Regional Director, instructed the Chief of Police, Dagupan City Police Station to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the motive of the crime and to identify the suspects. He also ordered the acquisition of all possible footages’ of CCTV installed within the area to trace the whereabouts of the suspects. (TNM/PNP PIO RO1)