TWO riding-in-tandem (RIT) suspects defied the extended enhanced community quarantine as well as the ban on back riders and shot dead a drug personality in San Juan City on Monday.
A sketchy report from the San Juan Police police identified the slain cictim as Arnulfo Bazar, 56, jobless and residing at 10 Tuberias Street, Bgy. Batis, San Juan City.
Initial investigation showed Bazar was standing in front of a building along F. Blumentritt Street when shot by two armed men riding on a motorcycle at around 5 p.m. Monday.
Police said the two motorcycle-riding men wearing face masks arrived at the area. The back rider approached Bazar and shot him at close range.
Bazar sustained two gunshot wounds in the head killing him instantly, according to the report.
The gunmen quickly fled towards N. Domingo Street.
Investigators found two deformed slugs and three fired cartridge cases from an unknown caliber of a firearm from the crime scene.
Probers are looking into the involvement of Bazar in illegal drug activities as one of the motives behind his death.
A background investigation on Bazar showed he was listed under the unified drug watchlist of San Juan City.
The Department of Transportation earlier said it had temporarily banned backseat riders on motorcycles to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Although local authorities have set up quarantine checkpoints around the city, the police chief explained that the location of the crime scene was far from the said checkpoints.
He said the nearest ones were located at the corner of N. Domingo and Cristobal Street, and on Araneta Avenue corner N. Domingo Street.