BY ADRIAN P. NEMES III
More than two suspects could be behind the fatal shooting of a real estate broker and a businessman at the Bacolod City Reclamation Area Tuesday night, P/Capt. Paul Vincent Pendon, Station 2 chief, said yesterday.
Pendon said their investigation to ascertain the motive behind the killings of broker Dexter Bryan Ursos, 41, of 17th Street, and businessman Fernando Mahipos, 39, of Purok Boulevard, Brgy. 14, continues.
The bullet-riddled bodies of Mahipos and Ursos were discovered in a silver Mitsubishi mirage vehicle, with plate number RNN 562, beside the road in Purok Lampirong, Brgy. 2.
Pendon said they do not have any other witness, aside from the 4-year-old daughter of Mahipos, who was with them when the shooting happened but was unhurt. But they could not talk to her yet, because she has been traumatized, he added.
Pendon added that they will coordinate with the Department of Social Services and Development so they can talk to the child on the possible identities of the perpetrators and how the killing transpired.
Earlier, Pendon emphasized that the victims had no criminal records, and neither was included in the drug watch list. Their families are still in mourning and have not issued any statements, he added.
A sachet of suspected shabu was recovered along with assorted documents, cellular phones, the victims’ personal belongings, four counterfeit P1,000 bills, two lighters, and a pair of scissors, when the police searched the vehicle of Ursos.
Meanwhile, an unidentified man stabbed his female companion in the Taculing Court motel at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Initial investigation conducted by P/Staff Sergeant Arnel Deles showed that the 37-year-old victim, whose name was withheld, went to the motel with the suspect at about 9:50 p.m. on board a tricycle and ordered a bottle of beer a few minutes later.
At about 10:50 p.m., the suspect opened the roll-up door of the room and sped off on board his tricycle. A motel staff member later found the victim wounded. She was rushed to the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital, where she is now recuperating, Deles said. An improvised steel rod, believed to have been used by the suspect in stabbing the victim was recovered from the rented room. An investigation is underway to identify the suspect.*