Man shot dead in Bacolod parking area

Police probe a shooting incident that killed a 25-year-old man, who had come from a drinking session in a restobar in Barangay 5, Bacolod City, Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Police Station 2)

By Glazyl Y. Masculino

BACOLOD CITY – A 25-year-old man died after he was shot by an unidentified person following an altercation in a parking area in Barangay 5 early Sunday.

Police identified the victim as Juan Marco Garino of Murcia town, a helper of an electrician.

Police Captain Glenn Montaño, head of Police Station 2, said Garino’s group was having a drinking session in a restobar when he got into a heated argument with the suspect around 1:50 a.m.

Montaño said the suspect went to the restobar to see his female friend, who was also having a drinking session there.

A woman pacified the commotion between the suspect and the victim. The woman and the suspect then decided to leave, but the victim reportedly followed them to the parking area.

Montaño said the victim and the suspect had another altercation, which was again pacified.

As they were about to leave on a motorcycle, the victim allegedly pushed the suspect and the woman, causing them to fall to the ground.

This irked the suspect, prompting him to shoot the victim, Montaño said. The suspect then fled.

Montaño said the victim suffered a lone gunshot wound in the back and was declared dead in a private hospital.

Montaño said they could not yet establish what triggered the first altercation between the victim and the suspect. However, he noted that one factor could be drunkenness, as the victim had come from an earlier drinking session in a different restobar.

He said they have no lead yet on the identity of the suspect, as the restobar’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera footage is not clear.