A businessman escaped unharmed after two men on a motorcycle shot him while he was driving his car at a busy street in Dumaguete City at about 2 p.m. yesterday.
The victim who is from Tanjay City, Negros Oriental, and who requested for anonymity for fear of another attempt on his life, said he does not know the suspects, or the motive for the shooting.
He said he was at the Robinsons Place shopping mall in Dumaguete for a business transaction when he decided to get a haircut in another part of the city.
As he was driving his Toyota Vios at the south road junction going to Sitio Canday-ong in Barangay Calindagan, he said when he spotted the two men wearing bonnets tailing him on a motorcycle. He saw one of the men pulling out a handgun, prompting him to step on the brakes and duck under the dashboard.
The suspect fired a single shot at the car before fleeing. The businessman said he crawled out of the car and sought cover behind a lamppost and a small store nearby.
Supt. Carlos Lacuesta, OIC Dumaguete police chief, said motorcycle-riding cops were deployed to the area about 10 minutes after the call for assistance but the suspects had already fled.
Police recovered a spent shell of a 9-mm caliber revolver at the crime scene, and SOCO operatives are expected to process the vehicle to see if a slug was embedded on the driver’s side of the car.
The businessman told the police he was scheduled to withdraw a large sum of money yesterday to pay some business partners.
Lacuesta said he has asked police team to escort the businessman in withdrawing money and taking him back to his residence in Tanjay City.
He said they are considering several motives, such as robbery, a personal grudge or a business-related issue.
He called on the public to take necessary precautions when withdrawing money from a bank, or engaging in business transactions involving large amounts of money.
He said the police are available to provide security escorts to businessmen upon request.*JFP