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Businessman shot dead down near police station

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By Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY — A 49-year-old businessman was gunned down a few meters from a police station on Sunday night.

Jeffrey Sanchez Gomonit was driving a Mitsubishi Montero Sport when he was shot around 9 p.m. in front of a popular mall on Pope John Paul Avenue.

Police said the victim stopped for traffic when a motorcycle boarded by two men arrived.

The back rider got off the motorcycle and repeatedly shot the victim at close range.

The assailants, who wore full-faced helmets, drove off after the attack, which happened a few meters from the Mabolo Police Station. It was in the same area where Police Captain Delfin Bontuyan was killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen last May.

At least three spent shells for a still undetermined firearm were recovered in the crime scene.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the body.

Major Dexter Basergo, chief of the Mabolo police, said the attack may have been carried out by hired killers.

The motive of the killing could be business-related, Basirgo said.

“We already have a person of interest. He is a former business partner of the victim. Based on the text message that we found in his cell phone, he was set up and his movement was monitored,” said Basirgo.

Gomonit owned a business firm that hauls minerals extracted from construction sites.

Police said the victim came from a meeting and was on his way to pick up his family in an uptown mall when he was attacked.

The victim was a native of Zamboanga del Sur and temporarily resided in Mandaue City.

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