Depressed kagawad shoots self dead

A BARANGAY kagawad said to be suffering from depression due to coronavirus reportedly shot himself dead in Tondo, Manila yesterday morning.

The victim, a kagawad at Barangay 163, Zone 14, Tondo, died instantly due to a gunshot wound in the head.

P/Master Sgt. Jansen Rey San Pedro of the Manila Police District-homicide section said the incident took place at 12:20 a.m. near the victim’s residence on J. Planas Street in Tondo.

Based on a footage taken by a closed circuit television (CCTV), the victim was shown standing all by himself when he suddenly pulled out a gun, pointed it to his head and then fired the gun but it jammed. Moments later, he again pointed the gun to his head but this time around, it went off.

Information gathered by the police said that before the incident, the victim had just come from the Metropolitan Medical Center where he was confined due to pneumonia and emphysema.

He also reportedly underwent testing for COVID 2019 where he was found to be negative. A relative showed to the police the result of the victim’s test taken from his cellphone, which said  ‘SARS-CoV-2 (causative agent of COVID-19) viral RNA not detected,’ based on  the result released by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.