Female Lupao trader survives gun attack

October 24, 2018

LUPAO, Nueva Ecija -- Business transactions occurring at the public market here was abruptly interrupted when a female trader was shot and wounded by a lone gunman, who disguised himself as a customer pretending to buy something at the latter’s store on Tuesday afternoon.

Wounded was Emma Solis Almerol, 54, of Bgy. Poblacion West, while the suspect was identified as Henry Realin, of Bgy. Poblacion North, both of this town.

Acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete said the shooting was allegedly triggered by the victim’s refusal to withdraw the case of acts of lasciviousness in relation of Republic Act 7610 which the woman filed against the suspect.

Rosete said Realin was asking the trader to dismiss the case he committed against the trader’s daughter, identified as Rizza Mae, but the woman ignored it.

He said the case, docketed under Criminal Case No. 2563-2013-L, is undergoing trial at the San Jose City Regional Trial Court Branch 38.

Initial investigation showed that at 1:11 p.m., the victim was tending to her stall inside the public market when the suspect pretending to be a customer suddenly shot the victim at the back of her head, using a short firearm.

The suspect, who was wearing a gray jacket with hood, blue maong pants, bull cap, with face covered with a half mask and sunglasses, immediately fled onboard a motorcycle.

Police said the victim, who sustained a gunshot wound on the head, was rushed to Heart of Jesus Hospital in San Jose City. She is now declared in stable condition by the attending physician.