Indian national gunned down in Iloilo City

By Jennifer P. Rendon

An Indian national was shot dead as he was about to enter his rented place in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, early in the evening on July 2.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jatinder Singh was about to park his motorcycle at Imperial 5 Subdivision on Guzman-Jesena Streets, Mandurriao, when he was shot by an unidentified gunman.

Singh suffered two gunshot injuries on his back, one of which went through his arm.

No one apparently witnessed the shooting. His landlady informed the police of the incident.

Responding officers rushed Singh to Western Visayas Medical Center, where he was declared dead on arrival.

Captain Val Cambel, Iloilo City Police Station 5 chief, said they have yet to identify any person of interest in the incident.

Police investigators are reviewing closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage from the area to determine if the gunman had a companion or used a getaway vehicle.

Singh, like most Indian nationals in the country, was involved in the lending business and operated in Iloilo City and province.

He had been living alone and was reportedly at odds with some other Indian nationals in the area, according to Cambel.

The victim had been jailed several times for complaints of “alarm and scandal” when he was drunk.

“Right now, we’re in the process of eliminating possible motives and suspects behind the killing,” Cambel said.

A check of Singh’s passport revealed that he was an overstaying alien in the country.

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