A MEMBER of the Sputnik gang was shot dead while another escaped during a buy-bust in Pandacan, Manila at midnight on Tuesday. One of the suspects was described to be in his mid-30s, about five feet tall and of medium build while the other suspect was identified as Joel Caneda, alias “Douglas,” a known drug pusher in the area. A police poseur buyer made a deal for P2,000 shabu with Caneda, who in turn contacted the unidentified suspect who brought the shabu. The unknown suspect sensed that they were dealing with authorities and tried to run into an alley, prompting the policemen to give chase but were fired at by the suspect. A shootout ensued, resulting in the death of the unknown pusher. Caneda escaped. Four sachets of shabu were recovered from the slain suspect.