Police already know who was responsible for the shooting spree early morning of Sunday that killed five people in Quezon City.
Chief Inspector Rodel Marcelo, head of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU), on Monday said only one person fired the shots. He rode on a motorcycle with another person.
Marcelo added that the first three incidents where four people were killed were carried out by the same suspect since authorities recovered the same empty shells of a 9mm pistol from the crime scene. He, however, did not discount the possibility that the suspects also carried a .45 caliber gun that was used in killing the fifth victim.
“You could say the suspects are thrill seekers who may be high on drugs and are involved in hold-ups and drug trafficking in the area,” Marcelo said.
The killings prompted the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) to call on the local government and the police to immediately impose a curfew along Commonwealth Avenue from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. and establish checkpoints until the “mad killers” are arrested.
Marcelo said barangay (village) captains should impose the curfew and this can only be applied to minors since other residents work at night.
He added that the accounts of witnesses and footage from CCTV cameras in the area could help speed up investigation.
Chief Supt. Richard Albano, QCPD director, believes the crime is drug-related since there appears to be no motive in the killing. The victims were killed at random.
Albano said they have met with local officials and police unit commanders to ensure that the incident would not happen again. He added that the patrols were in their assigned areas and the crime happened in other areas far away from the nearest team.
He called on the public to help the police if they have any useful information since crime prevention is a “shared responsibility.”
The killing spree started at about 1:30 a.m. on Sunday and lasted for about an hour. The first victim was 34-year-old Rodelio dela Cruz who was riding his motorcycle on Commonwealth Avenue when he was shot in the head and body.
The next victim was 37-year-old businesswoman Alodia Grace Go who was shot in the neck and head just outside Fairmont Subdivision.
Gelmer Gabronino and Angelie Auguis, both 35 years old, were also on a motorcycle along Regalado Avenue when they were gunned down.
The last person shot dead along Commonwealth Avenue was a still unidentified scavenger.