MALOLOS CITY—Suspected hired-killers gunned down in broad daylight a woman who filed a case against the alleged leader of the Dominguez Group, inside a passenger jeepney in front of the provincial capitol here Thursday afternoon.
Police identified the victim as Christina Bruan Rojas, 51, owner of a gasoline station in Paombong, Bulacan.
Investigation conducted by P02 Danilo Torres of the Malolos City police station said that Rojas had just attended a hearing at the Bulacan Regional Trial Court on the carnapping case she filed against Raymond Dominguez, the alleged leader of the “Dominguez Group”.
Rojas was reportedly on her way home and had just boarded a passenger jeepney when a lone gunman sat in front of here and without warning pulled out a handgun and shot her on the head at point blank range. The killer then alighted and casually walked towards a waiting motorcycle and fled.
Bulacan police director Senior Supt. Fernando H. Mendez has ordered a manhunt for the killer. He said police are still investigating if the motive is connected to the case the victim filed against Dominguez.
The victim filed a carnapping case against Dominguez after her Toyota Fortuner was stolen on February 2010.
Raymond Dominguez and his brother Roger are both in jail for the case on the killing of car dealers Venson Evangelista and Emerson Lozano. The brothers were implicated by star witness Alfredo Mendoza alias “Bading.”
City police chief Supt. David N. Poklay said they already have leads on the case but cannot just disclose it at the moment pending on-going operations.
The killing of Rojas transpired several hours after four suspected remnants of the Dominguez Group were killed in a shootout with operatives of the Highway Patrol Group in Meycauayan City early yesterday morning.
Police are still hunting other members of the gang who may have escaped during the encounter.—EMIL G. GAMOS and MANNY BALBIN