A former vice-mayor of Bayambang town in Pangasinan was shot and wounded by a gunman during an attack on early Thursday morning in a remote village in the said town, police reports said on Friday.
The Pangasinan Provincial Police Office, in a report sent to the PNP national operation center in Camp Crame, said that a lone gunman armed with a short firearm shot former Bayambang vice mayor Lecadio Devera.
Devera, 62, was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in Dagupan City for immediate medical attention.
The attack took place at around 4:55 a.m. in front of a sari-sari store along Juan Luna St., on Barangay Poblacion Sur in Bayambang town.
The former vice-mayor was reportedly talking with the store owner, when the lone gunman approached him on foot and without warning shot Devera on his chest.
Devera was able to fire back at the escaping assailant.
The police said the gunman was 5’5” in height, medium built, wearing blue pants and a hooded sweatshirt.
The policemen, who recovered from the scene six spent shells from a caliber .45 pistol, started an investigation into the possible motive of the shooting.