The police already have a copy of closed-circuit television footage that captured the shooting incident that left an Indian national injured at the parking area of the Azuthea building at Lacson Street in Barangay Banago, Bacolod City, at about 2:25 a.m. Saturday.
But Senior Supt. Flynn Dongbo, Bacolod City Police Office acting director, said yesterday they could not divulge the name of the suspect since investigators are still gathering evidence.
The 23-year-old victim, whose name the police withheld on request of his family, had a gunshot wound on his left arm and was still confined at a hospital in Bacolod.
Investigation showed that a commotion ensued in a bar at the Azuthea building where a customer punched the victim on the upper left eye, but they were pacified by the on-duty bouncer, police records show.
A few minutes later, there was another confrontation outside the bar, where the suspect shot the victim and fled, the police said.
The police recovered three empty shells of a .9mm pistol from the crime scene.
The vice mayor of a town in Negros Occidental, who was being linked to the shooting incident, earlier admitted to the DAILY STAR that he was present when the incident happened but denied that he was the one who shot the Indian national.
The vice mayor said about 20 men, including the Indian national who was injured, threw beer bottles and mobbed him and his two companions.
He said some of the male companions of the Indian national then broke beer bottles, and armed themselves with those, so his companions fired warning shots to keep them away.
The vice mayor added that his companion and the Indian national fought over a gun, and it fired, hitting the latter.
Meanwhile, Dongbo said civilians are not allowed to bring firearms to bars, especially if they do not have permits to carry guns outside their residences.*SGG
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