Cavite Police Provincial Office is heading a massive investigation into the killing of seven individuals in the wee-hours of the country’s election day.
So far police are saying that the unmasked men were heavily armed and arrived in the town of Rosario, Cavite in the early hours of the morning.
In all, seven people were gunned down, and an eighth person injured in the attack.
“We have sought the help of police forensic experts in examining CCTV footage in the area as well as the cellphones of the victims to give us possible clues on the identities of the killers,” said Cavite police director Sr. Supt. Eliseo Cruz.
Cruz said CCTV footage showed the minutes prior to the attack – the video recorded six vehicles moving in convoy towards the Little Baguio area of Rosario.
The footage shows an unidentified man running away from the area. It was given to the PNP Crime Lab for enhancement in an effort to identify the killers.
The lone survivor of the attack is identified as Fatak Mampon. He has been transferred to a Manila hospital where he is currently under police security while he undergoes treatment for his injuries.
Those killed in the attack include the following:
- Arniel Sharief
- Farhan Datu Imam
- Naim Hadjiomar
- Omair Imam
- Ibrahim Macarambon
- Pabil Sultan
- Ramon Tuazon
Six of the seven men were vendors in the local area, while Tuazon was a municipal government employee – all those involved are residents of Rosario.
The victims were riding in a Mitsubishi SUV and two other motorcycles when there were cut off by the convoy of vehicles at 12.10am.
The gunmen open fire with M-16s, as well as a .45 and 9mm pistol – police recovered at least 25 empty cartridges as well as a .45 magazine from the scene of the crime.
Part of the initial investigation showed the victims all belong to a Muslim sect and residing in a Muslim compound in Rosario.