- A female passenger riding a jeepney in J.P. Rizal Makati was shot dead by an unidentified gunman
- A .38-caliber pistol, suspected to have been used in the shooting, was recovered not far from the crime scene
- Robbery has been ruled out as a motive since none of the victim’s possessions were taken
A female passenger riding a jeepney met her end when she was shot dead on Thursday morning, July 21, by a still unidentified gunman at Nicanor Garcia St. (formerly Reposo st.) corner J.P. Rizal St. in Makati City.
According to an article published by The Philippine Star, the passenger was identified as 26 years old Lauren Kristel Rosales, a franchising officer of a pizza chain and resident of Sta. Ana, Manila.
Rosales was riding a jeepney with plate no. NVC-706 at around 7:00 A.M. on the way to Delpan in Manila coming from Guadalupe when she sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the body and died on the spot.
According to Makati Police Inspector Oliver Benaldo, the gunman walked to the side where Rosales was seated when he got off the jeepney and shot her at close range.
The jeepney driver, Michael Tan, told GMA News that he was picking up passengers and said the unidentified suspect started shooting when they arrived at the intersection of J.P. Rizal and Nicanor Garcia streets.
Tan confirmed that the suspect shot Rosales three times which also grazed another female passenger, 13 year-old Angelica Suazo, on her leg.
The shooter was described by witnesses to be about 5 feet tall with fair complexion and said to be wearing a grey shirt, white cap, and khaki pants.
A .38-caliber pistol, which was suspected to have been used in the shooting, was recovered in a parked tricycle in Pililia St., not far from the crime scene, along with the shooter’s clothes.
Robbery has been ruled out by authorities since none of the victim’s possessions were stolen. The authorities believe that Rosales was targeted as no other passengers were intentionally harmed.