• Filipino car racing champ shot dead in Quezon City

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    A car racing champ was gunned down by two motorcycle-riding assassins in Quezon City on Thursday night.

    Police identified the fatality as Ferdinand “Enzo” Pastor the first Filipino to participate in the NASCAR Whelen Euroseries Open Championship race circuit.

    Pastor, 32, was driving a truck (WSC-331), and had stopped at the corner of Visayas Avenue and Congressional Extension Avenue at about 10:30p.m. when the gunman approached and shot him.

    His companion, Paulo Salazar, 20, a helper and native of Pangasinan was also hit by stray bullet and is now being treated at the East Avenue Medical Center.

    Pastor was rushed to the Quezon City General Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

    He died from gunshot wounds in the head, neck and arms. Police recovered shells from a .45 caliber pistol from the crime scene.

    Investigators said witnesses recounted that the gunman casually walked to a motorcycle driven by a companion then fled.

    They described the gunman wearing a black bull cap and a mask while the plateless motorcycle driver was wearing a helmet.

    Supt. Ariel Capucao of the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 (Talipapa) said Pastor was transporting a race car to Pampanga from Batangas when he stopped at a traffic light.

    He said that the leads they gathered are indicative that Pastor was the target

    “Nilapitan talaga e, so bumaba yung gunman, talagang lumapit from behind sa kanya, tiningnan kung talagang siya. So na-identify siya talagang binaril siya, on the spot, hitting the head, so talaga siya ang pakay,” Capucao said.

    He added that they are not discounting the possibility the killing could be race-related.

    Pastor had recently won the Asian V8 Racing Championship, and was about to join a race this July in Clark.

    Capucao said investigators are still gathering leads on the assailants and determining the motive for the shooting.

    Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista yesterday immediately called on the QCPD to expedite the investigation on the killing of Pastor.

    Bautista in his directive, urged the city police to intensify their efforts to determine the motives behind the killing of Pastor, a race car driver who had represented the country in the international racing circuit.

    “Please update me on the motive and leads of the case,” the Mayor said.

    To date, QCPD director P/CSupt. Richard Albano has already ordered an investigation into the killing of Pastor and ordered Capucao to oversee the investigation.

    Closed-circuit television recordings operating along the areas at the time of the incident were ordered retrieved by Albano for the identification of the suspects.

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